The Buzz: State data breaches detailed; senator hones conflict strategy

07/03/2013 12:00 AM

07/03/2013 12:45 AM

Justice Department data breach last year linked to stolen laptop

When Attorney General Kamala Harris released details Monday of electronic data breaches reported to the state last year, half a dozen state agencies were on the list.

One of them was the Department of Justice itself.

According to Harris' spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill, a former law enforcement agent with the department's high-tech response team had his laptop stolen in November 2011.

The hacking group Anonymous accessed the agent's email accounts, releasing closed case files on identity theft that included the victims' personal information, she said.

Gledhill said the department has since changed its protocol to prevent future breaches.

California law requires any business or state agency that experiences a data breach to report it to the Department of Justice when the breach put more than 500 consumers' personal identification at risk.

Businesses and governments must also notify consumers if an unauthorized source has accessed their name and Social Security number, driver's license number, credit or debit card information, bank account, medical information or health insurance information.

Companies must report the breach whether it was malicious or unintentional.

– Annalise Mantz

ELECTION WATCH

Gov. Jerry Brown has scheduled special elections to replace Curren Price and Bob Blumenfield, who left the Senate and the Assembly, respectively, for the Los Angeles City Council. Primaries will be held Sept. 17 in the 26th Senate District and the 45th Assembly District, with runoffs Nov. 19 if no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote.

– Annalise Mantz

WORTH REPEATING

"I agree with Sun Tzu's view that 'to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.' That view comes in handy in Sacramento."

SEN. TED LIEU, Torrance Democrat and lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, announcing he graduated from the U.S. Air Force's Air War College

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