Driver’s License Data Stolen in PA

If you’re one of 11,000 people from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, you might be at risk of ID theft after a driver’s license facility computer was stolen Tuesday. The computer contained photos, addresses and in about half the cases SSNs. The thieves also stole equipment for making driver’s licenses. Whoops. —MEGHANN MARCO

11,000 at risk after driver’s license data stolen [CNN]

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  1. acambras says:

    Man, it is really something how one minute governmental bodies are extolling the virtues of computerizing everything (voting, immigration documents, and I’ve heard recent talk about birth certificates) — but then they don’t seem to be able to safeguard all this data that they have floating around. And really, the same goes for quasi-governmental entities and private corporations.

    I’m not a Luddite, but if you’re going to demand all my personal info and then insist upon storing it all (either on paper or electronically), you damn well should make sure the data is safe.

  2. Triteon says:

    Seconded, acambras.
    May I add, at least this was an *honest* theft, not some dumbass simply leaving a laptop in his car/the airpost/a cab/etc (like other stories.)

  3. Mr. Gunn says:

    With the rumors about al qaeda launching a conputer infrastructure attack, this news is more than a little unsettling. I hope they catch those guys, and I hope they turn out to be garden variety american thugs, or perhaps russian mafioso, anything but middle eastern.