Hacker Breaks In To Nebraska Child Support System

June 29, 2006


Nebraska state officials say a hacker broke into the child-support computer system run by the Nebraska Treasurer's Office.

Treasurer Ron Ross announced the breach Thursday. He says the hacker may have obtained names, Social Security numbers and other information of 300,000 people and 9,000 employers.

The system helps collect and disperse child-support payments. The hacker got into a back-up computer server Wednesday morning for about 40 minutes and launched a virus, which Ross said was immediately removed.

Ross says he does not believe any information was downloaded, but that the State Patrol has launched a computer forensic investigation of the incident.

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