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Saturday, August 8, 2009

More about the National Guard data breach

Here's some more detailed information about the risk of identity theft caused by a stolen laptop containing the personal information of some members of the Wisconsin National Guard:

"About 1,700 Wisconsin soldiers are among 131,000 nationally whose personal information was on a laptop computer stolen July 27 from a National Guard Bureau contractor, according to a Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard press release.

The computer contained names, home and e-mail addresses plus Social Security numbers of current and former Army Guard members enrolled in the Army National Guard's Bonus and Incentives program, the release said.

The Wisconsin National Guard is alerting soldiers of the incident and its potential threat while the National Guard Bureau will notify all affected personnel by letter by Saturday, Aug. 15.

The National Guard set up special Web site about the information security breach at www.ng.mil. In addition, guard members may call toll-free at 1-877-481-4957 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m."

The rest of the article can be found here - http://gazettextra.com/news/2009/aug/07/state-guard-members-risk-identity-theft/.

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