California State Government Helps Identity Thieves by Selling SSNs Online. Nice.

California State Senator Debra Bowen and Assemblyman Dave Jones have revealed that “the Social Security numbers, addresses and signatures of more than 650,000 Californians have been available for purchase since 2004—for about $6 each on a Web site operated by the secretary of state’s office.”

The site had 28,000 registered users who apparently were more aware of this site than California state officials were.

Ironically the breach was discovered by the staff of Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, while researching a bill to try to combat identity theft.

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