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Analysis | A newspaper informed Missouri about a website flaw. The governor accused it of ‘hacking.’

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Fixing the problem, he said, could cost the state up to $50 million. It’s not clear how, as it presumably involves little more than modifying an ASP template to remove the embedded numbers. (Chances are, to be fair, this system hasn’t been updated in a while.) But the governor kept going: The paper “didn’t have permission to convert or decrypt, so this was clearly a hack,” said it was to “sell headlines, the data was “not freely available and had to be converted and decoded to be revealed”, nothing on the website “gave permission or authorization to this person to access teacher data.”

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