Iowa State Legislature Puts 109 Military at Risk of ID TheftFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
DES MOINES, Iowa. In September, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered a pdf report on the Iowa Legislature General Assembly website, containing the names, social security numbers, and employment information for approximately 109 members of the military. The report was to the members of the Legislative Fiscal Committee, from Steve Linder, Chief Operating Officer, State Accounting Enterprise. Subject: Monthly Military Pay Differential Report.
The page was taken down within a few business hours of notification, by the Iowa State Legislature Webmaster, the webmaster requested that the link be removed from search engine caches.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
National ID Watch is a search engine for personal information breaches. Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, NationalIDWatch.org provides more than a million free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
Each Identity Exposure Report (IXR) documents what types of personal information were exposed (such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc.), without revealing them. Each IXR also details the situation surrounding each exposure, and contact information of those responsible for the breach. Armed with this information, victims can further investigate, take action, or correct harm.