Legal stakes rise as forensic data breach grows

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By Brandon Lowrey (March 24, 2022, 4:55 p.m. EDT) — It was around 11 p.m. when a restless software developer in Texas discovered that his hobby website, a free public records search engine, had been mentioned in a report on a massive data breach.

To his horror, the article stated that the “dark website” judyrecords.com – his website – had released hundreds of thousands of confidential California State Bar records. The state bar said it notified law enforcement.

“I was just flabbergasted,” the Judyrecords owner said of that night on Feb. 26. Within minutes, he pulled the bar’s records from his website’s case index and emailed the agency,…

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