It is unclear if the data on the disc, which was lost in transit some time after March 22, was protected. However, it doesn't appear the data has been used fraudulently. "At this time, we do not have any indication that the information on the disk has been misused," Shekell said.
In response to the loss, the Georgia Department of Community Health has asked ACS to notify all affected members in writing and supply them with information on credit watch monitoring as well as tips on how to obtain a free credit report, it said.
There has been a string of data breaches in recent years, many of which were reported publicly because of new disclosure laws. Aboutare at risk of identity fraud after two laptops containing their personal information were stolen Friday.
Last week, the University of California at San Francisco said a possible computer security breach may havefaculty, staff and students.
Since early 2005, more than 150 million personal records have been exposed in dozens of incidents, according to information compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Such complaints, which include credit card fraud, bank fraud, as well as phone and utilities fraud, accounted for 36 percent of the total 674,354 complaints submitted to the FTC and its external data contributors in 2006.