10 Head-Slapping Data Breaches

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-02-11T19:57:20Z

Photograph by Rich Legg

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When Software Attacks

When the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office in Maine used new software to automatically update its Facebook page and media list with the latest arrest reports, something went wrong.

The Social Security numbers for about 180 people who were arrested were blasted out to the public, according to the Bangor Daily News. This lasted for 45 minutes before it was caught, and about 70 people had access to the information, according to the newspaper.

Sheriff Kevin Joyce wrote in an e-mail that the issue was fixed and the automated system has been working well since the incident. The software no longer releases Social Security numbers, he said.