June 18, 2007 By Gina M. Scott
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced Friday that the names and social security numbers of all 64,467 state employees were contained on a computer back-up device that was stolen on Sunday, June 11, but also emphasized that the data would be very difficult for a thief to access.
"I have asked the Ohio Highway Patrol to lead the investigation to recover the device," Strickland said. "Also, I have directed the Department of Administrative Services to secure the opportunity for state employees to access free identity theft prevention and protection services for one year."
It was determined the device contained personal employee information after reviewing 338,634 files in 24,333 folders over four days.
Tuesday it appeared that some of those 338,634 files might have contained names and social security numbers. After two days of review, it was determined that the names and social security numbers for all state employees were on the device.
DAS Director Hugh Quill notified state employees Friday morning via e-mail. The governor also said a letter will be sent to each employee's home, and a Web site went live to provide ongoing information for employees and the public regarding the situation.
Sunday, Strickland announced that he will seek to engage Matthew Curtin, a nationally known expert on information technology, security and data forensics, to assist with the state's ongoing review of the information in the stolen data device. Curtin is the founder of a Columbus-based firm, Interhack, dedicated to computer trustworthiness and information protection.
"Our review of the information in the stolen data device will continue until we have determined, with the assistance of this nationally recognized data forensic expert, that we have identified every piece of sensitive information contained in the device," Strickland said. "We will continue to inform the public as new information becomes available."
The following information was contained on the stolen medium:
As of Sunday, the 17th, it was made known that the data also included:
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