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MO education website has vulnerabilities exposed by paper, Gov. Parson calls it a hack

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported a story on how they found a way into a secure part of the state education’s department web site. The paper was able to get to the social security numbers of three educators.After alerting the state, the story published by the paper says “The newspaper delayed publishing this story to give the department time to protect teachers’ private information,”.Governor Mike Parson disagrees.“They had no authorization to convert or decode. So, this was, clearly, a hack,” Parson said. The newspaper’s Lawyer, Joseph Martineau, is also quoted in the paper.”Here there was no breach of any firewall and certainly no malicious intent,” Martineau said. UMKC Journalism professor Steve Kraske believes the paper did everything it could to avoid an issue. “The newspaper did exactly what a newspaper should. And that is; report the problem. Didn’t write a story about it right away, let them know there is a flaw here. I’m not sure you can ask for much more,” Kraske said. Kraske used to write for the Kansas City Star. Now, he hosts a talk show on KCUR and teaches journalism. Parson is often critical of the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He says they may go after the St. Louis reporter.“But we will also be holding accountable all those who aided this individual and the media corporation that employs them,” Parson said. The Post-Dispatch calls insists the breach was simply a news story designed to expose a problem. Despite informing the state, Governor Parson insists it’s a hack and is intent on threatening prosecution.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported a story on how they found a way into a secure part of the state education’s department web site. The paper was able to get to the social security numbers of three educators.

After alerting the state, the story published by the paper says “The newspaper delayed publishing this story to give the department time to protect teachers’ private information,”.

Governor Mike Parson disagrees.

“They had no authorization to convert or decode. So, this was, clearly, a hack,” Parson said.

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The newspaper’s Lawyer, Joseph Martineau, is also quoted in the paper.

“Here there was no breach of any firewall and certainly no malicious intent,” Martineau said.

UMKC Journalism professor Steve Kraske believes the paper did everything it could to avoid an issue.

“The newspaper did exactly what a newspaper should. And that is; report the problem. Didn’t write a story about it right away, let them know there is a flaw here. I’m not sure you can ask for much more,” Kraske said.

Kraske used to write for the Kansas City Star. Now, he hosts a talk show on KCUR and teaches journalism. Parson is often critical of the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He says they may go after the St. Louis reporter.

“But we will also be holding accountable all those who aided this individual and the media corporation that employs them,” Parson said.

The Post-Dispatch calls insists the breach was simply a news story designed to expose a problem. Despite informing the state, Governor Parson insists it’s a hack and is intent on threatening prosecution.


https://www.kmbc.com/article/paper-publishes-story-exposing-mo-education-website-vulnerabilities/37965319