California discloses massive ID theft

Thursday, 21 October 2004, 3:19 PM EST

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) issued a media advisory on Tuesday, saying that the agency was working with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate an intrusion on a computer at Berkeley that contained personal information on around 1.4 million recipients and providers of In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), which provides home-care services to low-income elderly and disabled Californians. Names, addresses, telephone and Social Security numbers, as well as the birth dates for IHSS participants, could have been stolen by the malicious hackers, according to Carlos Ramos, assistant secretary at CDSS.

By Paul Roberts at Info World.

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