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Prosecutors charge former Minnesota DNR official in data breach | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Published February 07, 2013, 12:47 PM

Prosecutors charge former Minnesota DNR official in data breach

Prosecutors have charged a former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources official accused of illegally accessing drivers’ license data on thousands of residents.

By: Associated Press report, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors have charged a former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources official accused of illegally accessing drivers’ license data on thousands of residents.

John A. Hunt of Woodbury is charged with six counts, including misconduct by a public employee and unauthorized computer access. The charges are misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors.

Investigators say 90 percent of the people whose privacy was violated were women, including politicians, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, reporters and DNR employees. Hunt was the DNR Enforcement Division’s administrative manager and had legal access to the records for official business only.

The charges also allege Hunt kept an encrypted file on a work computer with license photos of more than 170 women.

Hunt did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Duluth city attorney’s office is prosecuting the case. Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson told the News Tribune last month that because many officials from St. Paul and around the Twin Cities metro area had their license information downloaded, the state wanted to avoid any conflicts of interest by using an office far removed from the case.

Prosecutors charge former Minnesota DNR official in data breach | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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