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Laptop with personal data on 70,000 child support cases stolen

July 30, 2007
Where did the breach take place? Yuba County, Calif.

How many victims? 70,000 people, including 30,000 children, whose names were on a Child Support Services laptop.

What kind of personal information? Social Security numbers, birth dates and driver's license numbers.

What happened? A thief stole the laptop, used to back up the county's main computer system, during a move to a new Health and Human Services building in Linda, Calif.

What was the response? The county notified victims by letter and offered them tips on identity theft protection.

Details: The laptop is protected by double-password security, but police don't believe the thieves were targeting the personal data. They also stole a microwave and some computer monitors. Authorities said they have some leads in the investigation.

Quote: "We think it (the personal data) was fairly well locked-up." - County spokesman Russ Brown

Source: "Yuba County data stolen," July 28, The Appeal-Democrat.

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