Office of the Texas Attorney General


Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 27, 2012
geo: 
Austin , TX
United States
Records Breached: 

6.5 million

Breach Total Number: 
6 500 000
Source: 
Media
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

Lawyers responsible for challenging a voter ID law in Texas requested the Texas voter database for analysis.  The Texas Attorney General's office released encrypted discs with the personal records of 13 million Texas voters, but half still contained Social Security numbers.  A state police officer was dispatched to New York, Washington D.C., and Boston to retrieve the encrypted discs when the opposing lawyers revealed that a mistake had occurred.