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Programer accused of hacking driverís license files
Associated Press | DICK PETTYS

Posted on 05/13/2005 8:49:39 AM PDT by Brian Mosely

ATLANTA (AP) — A computer programmer for a sensitive state agency, who apparently was hired without undergoing a background check, has been charged with computer intrusion and theft for accessing Georgia driver’s license files without authorization.

The Georgia Technology Authority said Asif Siddiqui was arrested April 28 at the agency’s offices near the state Capitol after the agency discovered he had logged into the database outside of work hours without having a reason to do so.

“He used to work on this system but there was no reason for him to be involved in any way” when the intrusion was found, said Tom Wade, the agency’s director.

The agency has no idea how many files were accessed or what, if any, personal information may have been compromised, Wade said. The files potentially included names, addresses, home telephone numbers and Social Security numbers of thousands of Georgians.

An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will help determine if any other state databases were tapped and potentially compromised, Wade said.

“Because of the confidential nature of the files and because he was going in during off-work hours and he had no reason to be doing it, we contacted the attorney general and the GBI and asked them to investigate,” he said.

The Georgia Technology Authority is the state’s data arm, managing its databases and communications systems.

Siddiqui was hired to work in the agency in May 2001. Wade said Siddiqui apparently wasn’t required to undergo a background screening because he had previously worked for the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Human Resources.

Wade said he intends to tighten security at the agency.

“We have been reviewing and putting together tighter internal controls,” Wade said. “We’re limited access on a need-to-know basis, checking our logs and monitoring.”

No one answered the telephone at a home listing for Siddiqui on Friday.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: asifsiddiqui; govwatch; privacy; siddiqui

1 posted on 05/13/2005 8:49:39 AM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely

"Asif Siddiqui"- that's a Norwegian name, isn't it?
/sarcasm


2 posted on 05/13/2005 8:52:43 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Brian Mosely
REAL ID will open up some fascinating possibilities for enterprising hackers.
3 posted on 05/13/2005 8:56:51 AM PDT by yatros from flatwater
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To: Brian Mosely

He is been around a while. I googled his name on Usenet and came up with quite a few hits going back to atleast 1995. Here is a link to the search.

http://groups-beta.google.com/groups?hl=en&q=%22Asif+Siddiqui%22&qt_s=Search

His email address is asif @mail.dnr.state.ga.us, which led to believe this is the same guy.


4 posted on 05/13/2005 8:57:30 AM PDT by Pete
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To: Brian Mosely
Asif Siddiqui

Why anyone hires these people is utterly beyond me.

5 posted on 05/13/2005 8:58:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: Brian Mosely
...Asif Siddiqui ...

The files potentially included names, addresses, home telephone numbers and Social Security numbers of thousands of Georgians.

D'OH!

6 posted on 05/13/2005 8:59:50 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Brian Mosely
The Georgia Technology Authority said Asif Siddiqui was arrested...

His nickname is Bubba, right?

7 posted on 05/13/2005 8:59:58 AM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Brian Mosely

He wasn't vetted,(probably the only one) yet, every law abiding born here- lifetime citizen will need to present 4 forms of ID to renew an already verified drivers license. Yep, Homeland Secrewity is on the case and protecting us all.


8 posted on 05/13/2005 9:00:38 AM PDT by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: Brian Mosely
Add Homeland Security to the official list of oxymorons...
9 posted on 05/13/2005 9:01:36 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Pete
Supervisor: Did you break into the database?

Asif: As if.

10 posted on 05/13/2005 9:01:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: Lazamataz

LOL


11 posted on 05/13/2005 9:05:09 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Brian Mosely
Wow. I work a lot of overtime. (unpaid) I'm in I.T. too.

I wonder if someone will turn me into the authorities?

Makes me wonder what else they had on him before calling in GBI. Must be something.

12 posted on 05/13/2005 9:05:59 AM PDT by QwertyKPH (Non-profane tagline)
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To: Brian Mosely
So....the guy worked there....he had a password....he logged in during off-hours....

...and suddenly he's a 'l33t haXorz'?

 

13 posted on 05/13/2005 9:10:06 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ďI know a great deal about the Middle East because Iíve been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: Prince Charles

That's Al-Bubba, sir. ;)


14 posted on 05/13/2005 9:13:38 AM PDT by Redgirl (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him.)
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To: Brian Mosely
Siddiqui was hired to work in the agency in May 2001.

Interesting timing.

15 posted on 05/13/2005 9:21:44 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Brian Mosely
I can't wait for the federal "Real ID" to kick in, so I can have additional further information stolen by these hacks or crooked bureaucrats.

Of course, enforcing our current laws against illegal crossing of the border and overstaying visas is out of the question. We need further intrusion into the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

16 posted on 05/13/2005 9:28:46 AM PDT by george wythe
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Ping


17 posted on 05/13/2005 11:57:05 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: QwertyKPH
Please see this http://scand3.blogspot.com or http://scand33.tripod.com and this
18 posted on 08/17/2005 10:33:41 PM PDT by blogger_guru ( justice system what it is - is it neither just, nor a system.)
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