In-house flaws faulted in MNsure data breach

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Lax procedures “contributed directly” to accidental e-mail that contained sensitive information, legislative audit concluded.

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mouthwashNov. 7, 13 3:10 PM

Just wait until they try IMPLEMENTING Obamacare and its sub-divisions such as MNSure. The nakedness of people's personal information will be even _more_ evident as data leaks become the rule rather than the norm.

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dlzabzNov. 7, 13 3:17 PM

I like the Pelosi approach. We've got to email everyone's information before we can see what we need to make secure.

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EleanoreNov. 7, 13 3:19 PM

Like people needed another example of why you don't give personal and medical information to anyone other than your medical provider.

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bogie246Nov. 7, 13 4:37 PM

If a company would have done this, Lori Swanson would have been filing suit already. But we expect this type of blunder from our bureaucrats. Sad, but nothing will be done. And it will happen again and again. It is the government after all.

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kkjerNov. 7, 13 5:48 PM

Anybody who thinks there Social Security number is secure in the hands of Government officials needs to think 3 or 4 times. Each and everyday in very state and the federal government social security numbers are sent out by email, US mail, FedEX and UPS by the hundreds of thousands. The Social Security number is used to as identification in just about every type of government document I can think of. If you refuse to give your social security number you can't get a job, apply for unemployment, get welfare, a drivers license or pay your taxes. Furthermore, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated an algorithm which uses publicly available personal information to reconstruct a given SSN.

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forpeopleNov. 7, 13 7:52 PM

Ugh, the state Department of Human Services does such a poor job in so many ways. Also, so many folks in that department, especially managers and supervisors, seem to have values that are completely inappropriate for public service (most seem to be self-serving and gluttonous rather than public-serving).

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Grumpy42Nov. 8, 13 8:29 AM

If we are contemplating the firing of this employee we should fire his manager for improper oversight. Remember the IRS employees in Cleveland accused of causing the IRS scandal, no managers were held accountable. So much for unions protecting government employees.

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circleoflifeNov. 8, 1310:18 AM

Huh, I'm shocked!

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hoytlakerNov. 8, 1311:07 AM

The new employee quickly was fired for the mistake. But in the end, the mistake resulted from processes/procedures/ and cover-up by higher-level employees/managers. Sadly this story is repeated over-and-over in government employment. Those truly should be held responsible, but we already know how that's not going to happen.

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drposterNov. 8, 1311:52 AM

Just for once I'd like Gov't agencies to be held to the same standards that are imposed on the private sector. Seriously where are their PCI compliance certificates? SOX audit records? Never going to happen because that would truly be like turning the light on a roach nest.

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