identity theft

“…names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of as many as 1.1 million active-duty personnel from all the armed forces — or 80 percent of all active-duty members — are believed to have been included, along with 430,000 members of the National Guard, and 645,000 members of the Reserves.”

It’s highly likely that my husband’s and my brother-in-law’s information was among the data stolen. Maybe even my dad’s. And even though a credit check has revealed nothing bad outside of a disputed $73 that we allegedly owe for a medical supply (but I knew about that, and personally told the scam artist collection agency to take a flying leap), I pointed out to Bill that if the data isn’t secured, the government could face reassigning millions of social security numbers. After all, in ten years, his name, birth date, and SSN will be the same and the SOP for obtaining credit will be the same, so the data will be just as useful in 10 or 20 years as it is today.

But a more urgent fear is the physical security of military personnel and their families whose addresses could become the common knowledge of nefarious foreign interests, if the data works its way into the right black market. The hope, my hope, is that the theft was innocent enough (simple theft, not theft with intent to commit treason or even theft with intent to commit fraud through the use of another’s identity), and the perpetrators will see the news and decide to anonymously turn the hard drive over to authorities. Stolen items are called hot…but some are considered scorching.

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