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April 4, 2013

Hackers got personal info from state computers

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some state employees and vendors who do business with the state are being notified that their personal information was accessed when hackers infiltrated a state computer system.

The state Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it was making the notifications, but wouldn't say how many state employees or vendors were affected. The department says the hackers accessed personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers, but they didn't access taxpayer records or tax returns.

Department Director Spencer Collier says those affected will be connected with credit monitoring services, and the state will provide a one-year service with an identity theft service company to help detect misuse of personal information.

The hacking occurred Jan. 16.

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