Washington Court Clerk Fired for Insider Breach

The News Tribune reports that the City of Sumner, Wash., recently fired a temporary municipal court clerk after she sent information on 3,600 people to her personal e-mail address (h/t DataBreaches.net).

The e-mail was noticed by another staff member on December 16, 2013, and an investigation determined that the employee had forwarded hundreds of forms, background information and municipal court lists to herself.

The files included lists of approximately 3,600 potential jurors and defendants, including their names, addresses and birthdates.

In a statement on its Web site, the City of Sumner noted, “No financial information was included, and a complete analysis of her personal hard drive confirms that the breach was caught before she opened the information outside the City system.”

The former employee told detectives that she had forwarded the data to herself in order to learn more about her job and to become more familiar with Sumner’s systems.

“We’re hoping, as she claimed, that this was just a stupid mistake made by an overzealous individual, but we’re not taking any chances,” Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke said. “We are treating this incident with the full care we give to any potential crime.”

All those affected are being notified by mail, and the city is exploring the possibility of implementing additional safeguards following the breach.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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