Exposure Statistics*

Special Olympics Texas
State Headquarters
7715 Chevy Chase Dr, 120
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 835-9873

Discovered: February 21, 2006
Records Exposed: 5,321
Unique Names: 2,656
Sensitivity: Moderate
Duration: More Than One Year
Distribution: Exposed Online
Files Exposed: 2

Sensitive Information

Partial SSNs: 2,656

Other Types of Exposed Information

Certification Expires
Coach Certification Expires

Special Olympics, Texas Exposes 2,665 Partial SSNs Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2007

Media Contact: Aaron Titus
(202) 681-1686

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.

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