Missouri's governor vows to prosecute a reporter who told the state about a data security risk


by STLPR

STLPR— The St. Louis Post-Dispatch discovered a flaw that exposed Social Security numbers for more than 100,000 Missouri teachers and alerted the state before publishing its findings, but the state is calling the act an unauthorized hack.

Missouri Independent—Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website • Missouri Independent. Missouri's governor promises to seek prosecution of a reporter and news outlet that discovered a privacy flaw in a state website.

NPR.org—A Missouri newspaper told the state about a security risk. Now it faces prosecution. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it alerted officials to a security flaw on a state website. Gov. Mike Parson described it as a hack and opened an investigation that could cost taxpayers $50 million.

Raw Story - Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism—Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website. On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri's department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected the private information of teachers around the state. But by Thursday, Gov. Mike Parson was labeling the Post-Dispatch reporter a “hacker"...