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A major security breach has compromised sensitive and private information of over a 150000.
Low income Americans.
All thanks to what Obama fonts -- as you remember this nickname was given to the two billion dollar government program.
Providing discount Internet and cell phone service to many Americans.
And is funded through the two dollar surcharge on your monthly phone bills.
Indiana attorney general.
Indiana attorney general Greg -- is certainly investigating that security breach and he joins us now.
The surgery general thanks for joining us what is the latest in the in your work here.
But really the company is named -- com and it's a private company which has one of the vendors for.
The FCC who manages the lifeline program of what you're calling a -- -- So we really now seen 26 states put together this investigation Indiana and two others are part of the lead.
But we're just now in them midst of this investigation.
-- I'm kind of blown away by the information that's been exposed here we're talking Social Security numbers driver's license tax records and please -- Food stamp cards -- -- letters you don't have a secret in the world if you had one of these Obama phones out here -- -- this 150000.
How does happen haven't terra com.
Getting won't have this information get away from them.
Well this is one of those things where when they created the database had they didn't secure -- -- and it's one of the the things that we've been focused on in terms.
As security -- privacy.
So that consumers aren't unnecessarily at risk.
So a big company like -- com they make over 270000.
Dollars a month just in Indiana alone.
Often Obama fallout so they didn't really need to did to spend a lot more of that money securing the information that -- collect.
That's crazy you know here we have a government program that supposed to help people that's actually.
Frankly add making it possible that they'll be the victim of identity thieves.
Because I did -- -- -- -- get the information and then -- the -- again.
Well that's that's one of the concerns you know you have the exposure to people who would be identity thieves.
You could also have people that use that information to create a fake identity.
-- -- remembered when you have a list of this many people would.
Who are at or below the poverty level there are also eligible for all sorts of other government programs so -- other -- Is that they would have false claims against other government programs so the people they go out and collect at this -- out.
They've been collecting it for years now since I think early 2012.
Massive -- of poor our -- below or at the poverty level they're eligible for a lot of other government programs so there is that risk as well.
So basically what you're saying is is that the bad guys can -- man and -- even more taxpayer dollars.
Using fraud on top of this mistake that this company made this -- dot com company made.
Is there any kind of are they going to be hit with a fine is anybody gonna go to jail.
Well I'm I'm not at a position to say exactly what remedies might be in place but the first thing is that you're required to secure this data.
And I think the data breach as massive as it is is something that's a real concern so our first.
Concern is to protect the consumers that have had their information accessed.
To get to the bottom of how wide and how many other people have access the information.
I once we protected that we can worry about the fines and other kind of things later.
Well it seems to me if you make a mistake that -- you should lose your contract.
It will that be -- possible option on the table.
Well it's not one that attorneys general exercise but the Federal Communications Commission that manages this.
I'll leave that for -- -- discretion.
What's the next step -- in your investigation.
Well we're -- this civil investigative demands which are essentially like our subpoena.
We'll get the records.
We're already getting some in terms of how many people have accessed.
This information frankly I'll give a little bit of credit for Fox News because they were the ones doing an investigative report.
On the lifeline.
Right contracts they were the ones to expose this and brought it to my attention.
Well -- we appreciate you coming on an updating us on this story just unbelievable.
You know get stung twice -- You know first we pay for the -- and then we'd pay for the fraud.
Thank you very much what you're on the right side of it mr.
attorney general thanks for coming on the show tonight time thanks for having me.
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