DNR worker in data breach identified - KMSP-TV

DNR worker in data breach identified

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You can call it snooping, creeping or accessing, but whatever you call it, officials say it's wrong and it's illegal.

The Department of Natural Resources identified the worker accused of viewing thousands of driver's license records, adding that John Hunt is now fired.

At this point, it's still unclear why Hunt went through those driver's license and motor vehicle records, but the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Hunt committed a federal crime during off duty hours.

The agency says from January 2008 through October 2012, Hunt illegally viewed records 12,000 times. Some of the records were viewed more than once. A total of 5,000 people were affected.

As it stands, Hunt could soon face criminal charges.

Photos, driver's license numbers and addressed were at his fingertips.

The BCA reports the majority of files Hunt looked at belong to women in the public eye. Celebrities, television news personalities, politicians and professional athletes are among the types that fell victim to the data violation.

Hunt was also a data practices designee, so he was responsible for making sure new employees were familiar with the laws and rules concerning access to driver's license records.

Officials say that means Hunt knew the consequences of his actions.

Hunt has not yet been arrested or formally charged for the data violation. The BCA is actively investigating this case.

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