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Breaches Expose Military Veterans’ and University Employees’ SSNs

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 2, 2012

The Washington Times reports on a breach exposing the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. A civilian contractor posted 31 decorated veterans’ SSNs among a list of 500 names and profiles onto a website. A spokesman said the army launched an investigation and ordered the contractor to take the site down. “We take this matter seriously,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, the University of Chicago is offering to pay for one year of credit monitoring to those affected by a breach involving 9,100 employees’ SSNs. A recent survey found that 26 percent of Americans have been told their personal information has been breached.
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