Stolen Social Security Information

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A state-hired computer security expert will try to determine whether someone can access data on a backup storage device stolen from an Ohio government intern's car.

The device contained personal information on state employees and welfare recipients, and bank account information about school districts and Medicaid providers, among other things.

Officials have said accessing the data would require special equipment and expertise. But beginning Monday, the state plans to write to financial institutions, alerting them that customers' information may have been compromised.

The state announced Friday that an Office of Management and Budget intern left the device in his car, instead of taking it into his home as part of a practice meant to keep the data safe.

The governor ordered an end to the practice of employees taking the devices home.

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