Theft of computers from Texas nonprofit risks data on nearly 3,000

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Texas-based EveryChild, Inc. is notifying nearly 3,000 families that personal information – including Social Security numbers – may be at risk after computers were stolen from the nonprofit's offices.

How many victims? 2,934. 

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicaid numbers, photos and health information.

What happened? EveryChild offices were broken into and computers containing the personal information were stolen.

What was the response? Law enforcement and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission have been notified and an investigation is ongoing. EveryChild is improving security through alarms, enhanced technology and policy and procedure changes. All impacted individuals are being notified, and offered free credit protection services. 

Details: EveryChild discovered that the computers were stolen on Feb. 2. The information relates to individuals with disabilities, 22 years old and younger, that are served by EveryChild.

Quote: “At this time, there is no indication that any of the information has been misused as a result of the theft,” according to a statement posted on the EveryChild website.

Source: everychildtexas.org, “Public Notice,” April 1, 2014.

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