After the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported first to the state and then in a news story that teacher Social Security numbers were at risk of exposure on a state website, Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that the state would investigate, calling the newspaper’s actions “hacking.”
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The Post-Dispatch discovered the vulnerability in a web application that allowed the public to search teacher certifications and credentials.
The threat came two days after the Post-Dispatch informed the state about a data risk that left vulnerable 100,000 Social Security numbers.
Leaders of the Chief Security Officers Awards honored Missouri in 2017 for examining state websites looking for vulnerabilities.