DCF suffers major security breach
Over 200,000 identities stolen
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A state employee is behind bars after accessing the personal information of thousands of Floridians.
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, one of their employees managed to access the Florida Department of Children and Families' Florida ACCESS system.
He then obtained the names and social security numbers of more than 200,000 people in the DCF system.
One of the victims, who wished to remain anonymous said, "Well I got this in the mail today for both my kids and it was very alarming. It says that a state employee had accessed personal information including names and Social Security numbers for unauthorized purposes."
DCF has referred any requests for information to the Department of Economic Opportunity who said, "We learned that a DEO funded employee accessed DCF's Access Florida System obtaining names and social security numbers from thousands."
"Now I have to go and clean up, if their is anything on my kids social I have to clean up a mess that could've been prevented if they made it aware to us when they started it," the victim said.
A state and federal investigation started last year and wrapped up early in 2015. In March, the DEO employee, Cora Eutsay, was arrested and charged with alleged trafficking and unauthorized use of personally identifying information.
"It makes me feel really mad because, especially with identity theft nowadays, my kid's numbers could've been used illegally, and our information could have been used.
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