Accenture, the giant consulting company at the center of the controversy over a stolen computer tape containing confidential information on Connecticut taxpayers and government agencies, was involved in three other high-profile data breaches last year.
The Bermuda-based corporation last week became the target of a civil lawsuit filed by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who accused Accenture of negligence, unauthorized use of state property, and breach of its contract to implement the state's problem-plagued $124 million financial management system known as CORE-CT.
That system has been regularly and sharply criticized by the state auditors, who along with Blumenthal have launched a "whistleblower" investigation of how the Connecticut data ended up on the backup tape hefted from the car of a college intern. The intern, who was fired after he refused to resign and has complained that he was scapegoated, had worked on an accounting and payroll system Accenture installed for the Ohio state government. But Accenture also has come under intense criticism in connection with similar security breaches involving the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration; the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services; and a Canadian provincial corporation, the British Columbia utility BC Hydro and Power Authority.
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