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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Officials with the N.C. Department of Public Safety have worked to take down a website that included names and personal information of thousands of crime victims who applied for financial assistance from the state.

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in Raleigh reports the problem was discovered by one of its reporters researching the state's Crime Victims Compensation program. Department spokeswoman Pam Walker said the breach occurred in 2012 after the department created a new website and moved it to a state server. Walker said while the information was available to the public for more than a year, state workers believe it's highly unlikely that anyone accessed the site.

The Crime Victims Compensation program gives victims up to $30,000 for medical bills, lost wages and counseling. Crime victims can apply for financial help.

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