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Court system hacked in Wash. state

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts was hacked sometime between last fall and February, and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver’s license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website, officials said Thursday.

Court officials said they have only confirmed that 94 Social Security numbers were obtained and they do not think the larger number was compromised, but they wanted to alert the public to the possibility as a precaution.

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The broader information ‘‘just happened to be on a server in an area that was accessed,’’ said Veronica Diseth, director of the courts’ information services division.

The breach occurred because of vulnerability in an Adobe Systems Inc. software program, ColdFusion, that has since been patched, court officials said. The hacking occurred sometime after September but was not caught until February, they said.

Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell noted that the issue has been resolved.

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