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Personal Info Stolen From Possibly 145,000 People

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Personal information may have been stolen from about 145,000 people throughout the U.S. by thieves who fraudulently signed up with a company that collects consumer data.

ChoicePoint who has compiled the deepest database in the nation, announced that it was sending warning letters to 110,000 possible victims in addition to 35,000 in California, where state law requires them to.

A CBS News article explains,

“Last fall, hackers apparently used stolen identities to create what appeared to be legitimate businesses seeking ChoicePoint accounts, said Chuck Jones, a spokesman for the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company. They opened about 50 accounts.

The attack appears to have resulted in at least six cases of identity theft in Los Angeles County. It’s unclear whether the data of people outside California was exposed. But law enforcement agents, who have arrested one person on six counts of theft, say hundreds of thousands of Americans elsewhere may be at risk.”

Even though the incident occurred last fall, ChoicePoint claims that law enforcement officials wouldn’t let the company disclose it until now.

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