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Iowa Victims Fear Identity Theft

IDENTITY THEFT—U.S.

February 24, 2010

Thousands of Iowa residents fear they could become victims of identity theft after the state's Racing and Gaming Commission licensing database was hacked during routine Internet maintenance last month, the Des Moines Register reports. The FBI is investigating the breach of the database, which includes the names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of 80,000 current and former casino and racetrack employees. Experts say those whose information was compromised have every reason to be concerned. Citing examples of financial and medical identity fraud, California-based attorney Mari Frank said, "the sky is the limit as to what could happen..."
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