Updated 03/01/2013 10:30 PM
Investigation into security breach at Orleans County office building
The Orleans County Administration is working with the county DA's office to look into a possible security breach at the county office building. YNN's Katie Cummings has more on how officials plan to resolve the matter.
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ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. — County officials learned last Wednesday that around 25 of the 600 people employed by the county may have had their identity compromised. Once officials found out, they started investigating and alerting employees.
"Everyone’s been notified. We have notified all of our employees by letter of the issue and then we notified the ones that were specifically affected. We've notified them by letter and then we additionally had a meeting," said Orleans County Chief Administrative Officer Chuck Nesbitt.
Nesbitt says the county is unsure how the breach occurred. The District Attorney’s Office is working with State Police to determine the appropriate investigating agency.
"There's a diversity of victims here so many of them are county employees from many different departments and what they're trying to determine is who should be the investigating entity; whether it should be the State Police or Attorney General’s Office," said Nesbitt.
While Nesbitt believes the situation has been contained, the county is taking precautions.
"All the affected employees are going to be given at this point credit monitoring service for one year to assure they don’t have any problems related to this incident," said Nesbitt.
Nesbitt says there will be both a criminal and internal investigation into the matter. He hopes it will wrap up in the next seven to 10 days. He says going forward, Orleans County will evaluate its security procedures.