[ISN] Ohio: Stolen device contains 859,800 IDs

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Mon Jul 16 2007 - 02:15:15 PDT


Associated Press Writer
July 12, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A stolen computer storage device contained more than 
twice the number of taxpayers' identifications than had been previously 
reported, Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday, but he emphasized there is 
still no indication the data have been compromised.

The names and Social Security numbers of 561,126 people who had not 
cashed state income refund checks were on the device, as well as 14,874 
people who did business with the state, according to an ongoing review 
of the information it held. That brings the total number of taxpayers 
affected to 859,800, Strickland said.

The device was stolen June 10 from an intern's unlocked car. Strickland 
said no ID theft cases linked to the stolen device have been reported, 
and that extracting data from it would require a high degree of 
knowledge and specialized equipment.

In addition to the refund check recipients, others whose information was 
on the device include state employees, welfare recipients and lottery 
winners who have yet to cash their tickets.

Strickland noted that the estimate of affected people may include 
duplicates because some people may belong to more than one of the groups 
whose information was on the device.

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