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Eye Opener: More Clinton-era identity theft feared

By Ed O'Keefe



The personal information of people who either worked for Bill Clinton or visited his top aides could be at risk. (Getty)

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Happy Wednesday! The National Archives has warned more than 150,000 people that their identities may have been compromised by the theft of a data drive with reams of personal information from the Clinton administration. The new warnings mean roughly 200,000 individuals could have been impacted by the data breach, first reported last March.

The data drive stolen from the Archives facility in College Park is a copy of another drive that contained the personal information of thousands of people who either worked for the Clinton administration or visited the White House or Eisenhower Executive Office Building, said Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper.

The data drive contained national security information, security numbers, contact information for various Clinton administration officials, Secret Service and White House operating procedures, event logs, social gathering logs and political records. The data totaled one terabyte, or the equivalent of millions of books.

The credit reporting company Experian informed roughly 26,400 people last spring of potential identity theft. At the time, the Archives inspector initially estimated to congressional staffers that more than 100,000 people were affected by the breach.

The Archives sent new warning letters in December that included offers for free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance. Individuals potentially impacted by the theft can call the Archives' Breach Response Call Line at 1-877-281-0771 or 301-837-3769 or e-mail breach_response@nara.gov.

Government agencies are no stranger to potential cases of identity theft. The names and Social Security numbers of at least 27,000 Commerce Department employees were exposed to potential risk last July while more than 45,000 current and former employees of the Federal Aviation Administration faced similar concerns last February.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
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