Records: Missouri planned to thank glitch-finding journalist
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just before Missouri Gov. Mike Parson condemned a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter for exposing a state database flaw, records show the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was preparing to thank him for finding the glitch.
The reporter discovered a flaw on a DESE website that left more than 100,000 Social Security numbers of educators vulnerable to disclosure. The Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that it obtained an Oct. 12 email to Parson’s office from DESE spokeswoman Mallory McGowin containing proposed statements for a news release saying DESE was “grateful” to the journalist.
The quote was not used. Governor Parson instead accused the journalist of hacking the system and announced a criminal investigation.
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