64,000 Ohio State Workers At Risk

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The names and Social Security numbers of all 64,000 Ohio state employees were stolen last weekend from a state agency intern who left a backup data storage device in his car, Gov. Ted Strickland said.

An additional review of data revealed that the storage device also held information on 53,797 participants enrolled in the state’s pharmacy benefits management program, as well as names and Social Security numbers of about 75,532 dependents, the governor’s office confirmed Saturday. Strickland has asked Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles to investigate.

More information about the incident can be found on the Ohio State Government website. Free credit monitoring will be provided to those affected by this breach through Debix Identity Protection Network.

[Washington Post]

Written by MCruz on June 17th, 2007 with no comments.
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Georgia Parents’ Vital Records Found in Trash

The state is warning parents of 140,000 babies that some of their personal and medical information has been exposed because of a security lapse.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources mailed letters Wednesday to the parents of infants born in the state between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, saying records containing their Social Security numbers and information about their medical histories were improperly discarded.

A spokesperson explained that for about a year someone was not shredding the supplemental forms parents are asked to fill out which are used for public health analysis. In the mailed letters, parents are urged to closely monitor their own credit.
[AccessNorthGa]

Written by MCruz on May 18th, 2007 with 1 comment.
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USDA Exposes Personal Data on Website

The Social Security numbers of thousands of people who received loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been exposed for a number of years in a publicly available database, according to OMB Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit government watchdog organization.

Conceivably this could affect 100,000 people,” Bass said. “What is harder [to determine] is how far this goes back. It could be decades. It’s just that this is the first time it has been easily accessible to the public on the Web.”

Any USDA funding recipient with concerns may call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636) to obtain information on the free credit monitoring offer.
[PC World]

Written by MCruz on April 22nd, 2007 with no comments.
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2.9 Mil Georgia Residents Info Lost

A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 2.9 million Medicaid and children’s health care recipients is missing, Georgia health officials said Tuesday.

The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

[TimesRecordNews]

Written by MCruz on April 11th, 2007 with no comments.
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Fort Monroe Employees Exposed

A laptop computer containing the names, Social Security numbers and payroll information for as many as 16,000 civilian employees here was stolen from an employee’s personal vehicle, officials said Monday.

The computer was password protected and did not contain bank account or bank routing information, Army officials said. The employees all work at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, which has its headquarters at Fort Monroe.

[SignOnSandiego.com]

Written by MCruz on March 27th, 2007 with no comments.
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Johnston County Firemen On Alert for ID Theft

SELMA, NC — A stolen laptop in Johnston County has firemen on alert for identity theft. The computer contained the names and social security numbers of volunteer firemen in Selma.
Earlier this week, someone stole a laptop computer from Selma’s Water Treatment Plant. The computer was only valued at about $1,000, but some of the information on it could be priceless. That’s because it contained the names and social security numbers of Selma’s volunteer firefighters.

Source: News 14 Carolina Thanks for the tip Patricia!

Written by MCruz on January 5th, 2007 with no comments.
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