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Harris County employees' information compromised

Friday, July 12, 2013

13 Undercover has exclusive information about a security breach affecting thousands of current and former Harris County employees. Now the race is on to find out how sensitive information from workers here in Houston wound up half way around the world.

If you're one of thousands of Harris County's public servants, you may be going to bed with an uneasy feeling. That's because a total stranger had access to your most personal information.

13 Undercover has learned that the FBI alerted Harris County officials to the problem earlier this week.

Agents discovered two electronic files in Vietnam, and both were full of sensitive information for 16,000 current and former county workers. We're talking about names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

The county says it's taking the breach very seriously and is working closely with the FBI.

"First of all, figure out what happened. Figure out who might be responsible for this unauthorized disclosure and to notify all of the county employees," First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard said.

The FBI has asked the county to look at its records for any clues about how this information turned up in the wrong hands.

We're told that the two files, one from 2005 the other from 2007, were created before the county put in place in stricter identity theft regulations.

County officials spent the day crafting an email alerting county workers .

If you are an employee who may be affected by this security breach, you are urged to check your bank statements and credit reports for any suspicious activity.

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