U.S. Database Exposes Social Security Numbers of Farm Owners

The New York Times reports that between 100,000 and 150,000 people who received loans or other financial assistance from two Agriculture Department programs could be at risk of identity fraud. The database was first posted last year.

The Times provides a handy summary of the most visible recent government data breaches: “The Department of Energy, the Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service also suffered data breaches last year in which personal information was lost or stolen.”

I can only hope the U.S. Government has joined the affiliate programs of the credit reporting agencies to get some money back from all the new customers they’re driving them.


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