California Bar Investigates After Documents Are Posted Online
The State Bar of California is investigating a data breach after learning that a website posted confidential information about 260,000 disciplinary cases from attorneys in California and other jurisdictions.
State bar officials learned of the records released on Feb. 24, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
By Saturday night, all confidential information that had been posted on the judyrecords.com site had been removed, the Times said. The records included case numbers, filing dates, information on types of cases and their statuses, names of defendants and complainant witnesses.
“We apologize to anyone affected by the unlawful posting of non-public data on the website,” state bar official Leah Wilson said in a statement. “We take our obligations to protect confidential data very seriously, and we are doing everything possible to ensure that we resolve this issue quickly and prevent such breaches from happening again.”
Full case records have not been released. Officials said they don’t know if the information released was the result of a hacking incident.
Judyrecords.com is a website that aggregates court records nationwide.
The state bar’s website allows the public to search for case information, but information about attorney disciplinary cases posted by judyrecords.com is not meant to be publicly available, the Times said.