Identity Theft: Data on 3000 consumers stolen

Social Security numbers and other information about more than 3,000 consumers were stolen recently from TransUnion LLC, one of three U.S. companies that maintain credit histories on individuals, in the latest of many security breaches that have focused congressional attention on identity theft and fraud.

The data were housed in a desktop computer that was stolen last month from a regional sales office in California, TransUnion said. On Oct. 21, the company sent 3,623 notices to consumers alerting them to the breach and offering free monitoring of their credit reports for a year.

Colleen Tunney, vice president of corporate affairs for Chicago-based TransUnion, said the computer was probably the object of the burglary, not the data. She said the information on the computer required a password to access. Consumer data stolen from credit bureau - Highlights -

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 9th November 2005 10:34PM