Newest Identity Theft Risk for 1.4 Million Americans from Same Offender
In another example of how a stolen computer needlessly
exposes millions of innocent Americans to identity theft,
1,400,000 potential victims have just been added to the
list of over 94 million others already victimized.
Evidently, the Colorado Department of Human Services which
is responsible for the confidential personal data of those
individuals who pay or recieve child support. But, an outside
company, Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), actually handles
the payments for the Colorado Department of Human Services.
"That's my personal stuff. That's about me, my
family. We're the only ones that should know
Somehow, the desktop computer located within an office only
accessible by a security card key, was stolen from a secure
facility of ACS.
That computer contained records of 500,000 people paying
or recieving child support within the state of Colorado.
An additional 900,000 new employees just hired in Colorado
or elsewhere in America within the past 8 months were
also impacted by this latest security breach.
But, this is not the first security breach at ACS. The local
Sheriff's department found at least one employee at the computer
consulting firm lied and covered up mistakes that allowed inmates
to gain unauthorized access to personal information.
So, our tip for today is for anyone who's involved with child
support payments associated with the Colorado Department of
Human Service. Contact any of the three major credit bureaus
immediately to place a "free" fraud alert on your file.
Also, it would be wise to also investigate your options for credit
monitoring as identity theft can actually be committed
months or even years after an initial security breach.
Make sure, too, to tell a friend or associate you know who
could be negatively impacted by this latest security breach.