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Georgia: ‘Clerical error’ in data breach involving 6 million voters

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Notable state data breaches

Georgia's data breach was one of the larger ones for a U.S. state. However the methods of how personal data has been accessed and revealed can vary. Here are some other notable breaches.

April 2009 - Hackers broke into a Virginia web site used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse and accessed records for about 8.3 million patients.

April 2011 - Texas accidentally released 3.5 million social security numbers on a publicly accessible state computer server.

March 2012 -  Private records for more than 800,000 people in California Department of Child Support Services were lost in transit.

April 2012 - Texas Attorney General accidentally released about 6.5 million social security numbers to lawyers challenging a voter ID case. Officials said the information was on encrypted disks and was not publicly released.

September 2012 - Hackers stole electronically filed tax returns for 3.8 million consumers and 657,000 businesses from the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

January 2013 - Information for more than 100,000 Florida Department of Juvenile Justice employees and youth offenders was at risk after mobile device  storing that information was taken from a facility.

February 2013 - The Washington State court system said up to 160,000 social security numbers and 1 million driver license numbers may have potentially been accessed.

November 2013 - Hackers breached Social Security numbers and banking information of more than 2 million students, staff and vendors from the Maricopa County (Arizona) Community College District.

October 2014 - The Oregon Employment Department found Social Security numbers of more than 850,000 people who were searching for jobs were compromised.

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