AUSTIN, TX - You know what they say: bad luck always comes in threes. First it was Target. Then Home Depot. Now the Texas Department of Family Services admits they're the latest to have their servers hacked and people's private information exposed to prying eyes.
"When we were notified about this earlier this week we immediately shutdown the website," says Patrick Crimmins with Family Protective Services. "It's a website used by service to at-risk families, it's a child abuse prevention program."
But this time there's a catch: the group responsible for the hack wants you to know who they are. Rhino Security Labs in Seattle admits they're the ones who broke into the state's database. But they claim they only did it to expose vulnerabilities in the system before someone less scrupulous discovered the weakness. The state isn't ready to buy that just yet. "The hackers don't have the right to have that information," Crimmins says. "We don't know what they're going to do with that information that includes names, and birthdates and social security numbers."
Family Services says only 18 people had their information stolen and they're reaching out to those folks to let them know about the breach. And since the group responsible hasn't tried using the info so far, no charges have been filed.
But still, with so many people eager to get their eyes on your information these days, it hard knowing who to trust.