By MATT LEINGANG
Associated Press Writer
July 12, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A stolen computer storage device contained more than
twice the number of taxpayers' identifications than had been previously
reported, Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday, but he emphasized there is
still no indication the data have been compromised.
The names and Social Security numbers of 561,126 people who had not
cashed state income refund checks were on the device, as well as 14,874
people who did business with the state, according to an ongoing review
of the information it held. That brings the total number of taxpayers
affected to 859,800, Strickland said.
The device was stolen June 10 from an intern's unlocked car. Strickland
said no ID theft cases linked to the stolen device have been reported,
and that extracting data from it would require a high degree of
knowledge and specialized equipment.
In addition to the refund check recipients, others whose information was
on the device include state employees, welfare recipients and lottery
winners who have yet to cash their tickets.
Strickland noted that the estimate of affected people may include
duplicates because some people may belong to more than one of the groups
whose information was on the device.
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