Macon-Bibb Employees Told of Computer Security Problem

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Updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:17:32 EST

Macon-Bibb County employees were notified Friday that their personal information was potentially exposed through a glitch discovered in a Macon computer module.

Chris Floore, assistant to the county manager, said the problem was discovered when someone who had applied for a job with the city of Macon found their resume was accessible online through a Google search.

Floore said the hole in the city's computer firewall was found and plugged.

Information that would have become available to people who knew to look for it included social security numbers, driver's license numbers and birth certificates.

The county said this data has been removed form the web and database server that previously held the files. The files are no longer available to external sources and all files are now offline and encrypted.

Beginning Friday morning, the county started to notify employees of the breach.

A memo was sent out, along with tips from the Better Business Bureau about internet and personal records security.

The county's human resources and IT departments are currently reviewing the files and building a list to send letters directly to the people whose information was available for viewing, the county said.

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