U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Breyer and Several Lawyers Were Victims of Data Breach
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Personal identifying information about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and several lawyers was inadvertently exposed when an employee of an investment firm used file-sharing software on a company computer.
The breach occurred when an employee of the Wagner Resource Group used the file-sharing network LimeWire to trade music or a movie, the Washington Post reports. The worker inadvertently exposed personal information about 2,000 of the firm's clients. About 700 of the records included Social Security numbers, names and birth dates, while others included only one or two of those details. Financial records were not revealed because they are stored by a separate company.
More than a dozen LimeWire users downloaded the personal data, according to officials with a company hired to help contain the data breach.
The investment firm is offering six months of free credit monitoring to clients affected by the breach, the story says. Among the lawyers affected is Steven Agresta, a partner with the law firm Alston & Bird.
"This may explain why two weeks ago I got a $9,000 cell phone bill from AT&T," Agresta told the Post. A spokesman for Breyer said the justice had no comment.