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Michigan audit: State computer servers vulnerable to hacking

An audit says hundreds of state computer servers are vulnerable to hacking and failure because of issues such as ineffective security configurations and poor password control.

The Detroit Free Press says the report released Thursday also says security issues were due to outdated operating systems, failure to install security patches and a lack of timely scanning to detect vulnerabilities.

The audit says servers support "systems and data critical for the operation and oversight of state government," including payroll and welfare payments, tracking of road and bridge construction, and information on state prisoners and those on parole and probation.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which is responsible for the state's information technology, says in the report that it agrees with the findings and is working to implement recommendations.

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