By Brandon Lowrey (March 24, 2022, 4:55 PM EDT) — It was about 11 p.m. when a restless software developer in Texas discovered that his hobby website, a free public records search engine, had been mentioned in a news story about a massive data breach.
To his horror, the article said the “shadowy website” judyrecords.com — his website — had published hundreds of thousands of the State Bar of California’s confidential case files. The state bar declared that it had notified law enforcement.
“I was just flabbergasted,” Judyrecords’ owner said of that night, Feb. 26. Within minutes, he pulled the bar’s records from his website’s case index and emailed the agency,…