State officials in Utah now say a computer breach 10 days ago is far worse than they originally thought. Hackers made off with 280,000 Social Security numbers and "approximately 500,000 other victims had less-sensitive information stolen," according to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).
Officials originally said that about 25,000 state Medicaid records were accessed on March 30 when unidentified hackers believed to be from Eastern Europe exploited a configuration error for a new state computer server. The error left the server without security protection.
Last year, Utah created jobs at a faster pace than any other state in the country — with the single exception of North Dakota. While the boom in North Dakota is being driven by oil and gas, the hot job market in Utah is being powered by technology companies.
Computer-system-design jobs in Utah shot up nearly 12 percent in 2011. Scientific and technical jobs jumped 9.7 percent. With job opportunities expanding, the state is having little trouble attracting new residents.
For Jill Layfield, the decision to move here from Silicon Valley was not a tough call.
Coal mining company Genwal Resources has pleaded guilty to corporate criminal charges stemming from the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine collapse in Utah that left nine miners and rescuers dead.
Federal prosecutors say a plea agreement includes a provision that no criminal charges will be filed against any individuals in the case.
Federal and congressional investigators blamed the an initial mine collapse on "retreat mining," in which pillars of coal holding up the roof of the mine are dug out, causing collapse of the mine behind them.