Officials: Missing thumb drive didn’t compromise data
District court officials say no data has been compromised after they found a computer thumb drive reported stolen from an employee’s office earlier in the week.
The thumb drive was reported stolen Monday, according to a report filed with Clovis Police Department.
The drive was located Friday in the office it was reported missing from and it was determined it had been “misplaced,” according to Orlando Ulibarri, deputy court administrator for the 9th Judicial District Court.
Ulibarri said the court is confident the information on the drive was not compromised “since it was retrieved quickly and located where they lost it.”
On Monday, a judge’s administrative assistant told police she left a thumb drive inserted in her computer before taking a day off and several days later realized it was not where she had left it.
The woman told the officer the drive contained personal and important court information that could compromise judges’ and employee’s personal information, including her passwords, account information and social security numbers, the report said.
Ulibarri told police in the report that a large number of people had keys to access the judge’s office and that he had reviewed security footage of the area but because of the size of the thumb drive “anyone could have taken it and the cameras would not be able to show it,” the report said.
Ulibarri said Friday the court has policies in place to regulate the handling of sensitive information and when the employee thought the drive had been taken, she took it upon herself to file a police report.
He declined to comment on whether the employee’s actions were taken in appropriate accordance with policy.
The data on the thumb drive did not include passwords that had anything to do with court business or data of a type that would jeopardize the courts, Ulibarri said.
He said there are security measures in place to protect sensitive information managed in the courts.
“It’s pretty secure; we have cameras … we were not really concerned about it in terms of (compromised data),” he said.
— Sharna Johnson