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Mildenhall personnel information compromised

Mildenhall personnel information compromised
Mildenhall personnel information compromised

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By Charlie Reed
Stars and Stripes
European edition
March 21, 2009

RAF MILDENHALL, England - British authorities are still looking for a 
stolen computer containing the personal information of thousands 
assigned to the base.

The names, post office box numbers, forwarding addresses, units of 
assignment and work phone numbers of the 6,000 mailbox holders at RAF 
Mildenhall were contained in a password-protected database that an 
airman transferred to his personal laptop to work with at home. The 
computer was stolen from the post office employee=E2=80=99s residence in nearby 
Brandon in late January and has not been recovered, according to the 
Suffolk Constabulary, the local British police force.

Two suspects were arrested for suspicion of burglary within days of the 
Jan. 27 crime and were later released. According to records, the men, 
ages 22 and 26, have "no fixed abode" and are scheduled to meet with 
investigators March 31, said Lisa Crane, constabulary spokeswoman.

The Air Force is not participating in the investigation but posted 
several notices at the mail center urging people to follow Federal Trade 
Commission guidelines for identification theft, which include placing a 
fraud alert on credit information. A mass e-mail with the same 
notification and advice also was circulated around the base.

"We believe that the probability is low that the information will be 
accessed and used for an unlawful purpose," the notice stated. "However, 
we cannot say with certainty that this might not occur."


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