Friday, March 09, 2007

Personal Data on U.S. Border Soldiers Stolen

An AP newswire article, via The Tuscaloosa News, reports that:

A computer hard drive containing Social Security numbers and other personal information on nearly 1,300 California National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has apparently been stolen.

The hard drive was reported missing Feb. 23 from the Guard's border mission headquarters inside San Diego Naval Base, said California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Jon Siepmann. It contains home addresses, birth dates and other identifying information for all soldiers serving long-term assignments on the border.

The Guard notified the soldiers Feb. 28 that their information had been compromised. It advised them to begin checking credit statements and take other protective measures.

The Guard has turned the investigation over to the Navy's Criminal Investigative Division, Siepmann said.

More here.

(Props, Data Loss Mailing List.)


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