By Martin Staunton
December 5, 2006
CHARLESTON -- A laptop computer with personal information about every
member of West Virginia's Army National Guard 130th Airlift Wing in
Charleston recently was stolen.
The government-owned laptop computer was stolen from a member of the
unit while he was attending an offical training course.
Maj. Todd Harrell said the computer's hard drive contains personal
information, including Social Security numbers, names and birth dates of
everyone in the 130th Airlift Wing.
Harrell said it does not appear that the computer was targeted because
of the information on its hard drive.
Everyone in the unit has received notice that their personal information
may have been compromised. Harrell said the notice from the unit
explains to members that there's no need for drastic steps to be taken,
such as canceling credit cards or closing bank accounts. The notice to
the members does suggest they take the steps necessary to protect
themselves from identity theft.
Federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Office of
Special Investigations and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have
been notified about the stolen computer.
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