Special Olympics, Texas Exposes 2,665 Partial SSNs OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
AUSTIN, Texas. The Liberty Coalition recently discovered 2,665 partial social security numbers of Coaches for the Texas Special Olympics in two Excel files on the Texas Special Olympics website. The last four digits of the social security number are often used to extend credit, and some financial institutions use it as a password. By placing this information online, the Texas Special Olympics has put these coaches at an elevated risk of identity theft. The files also contain location and coach certification information.
The files were online since at least February, 2006, and were removed in early December, 2007.
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.