Stolen server exposes Indiana residents’ IDs

About 700,000 Indiana residents' personal information was on a computer server stolen from a debt-collection bureau. The incident represents one of the largest publicly reported data breaches in the Hoosier State's history.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers contained in billing records for about 100 state businesses.

Details: The records had been turned over for debt collection to the Central Collection Bureau. The server, stolen March 20, was password protected but not encrypted.

Quote: "We're obviously heartsick about this. We've been in business since 1972, and nothing like this has ever happened before." - Chet Klene, president of the collection agency.

Source:, The Indianapolis Star, "700,000 Hoosier IDs compromised in computer theft," April 19.

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