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11/6/2006
ACS Employee Suspect in Personal Information Database Theft
An employee for photo enforcement vendor ACS is suspected of stealing a Colorado state database with the personal information of 1.4 million people.

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An employee for photo enforcement vendor Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) is a key suspect in the theft last month of a database containing the names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers belonging to 1.4 million individuals. The personal information came from electronic files from the Colorado Family Support Registry and New Hire Directory which the state subcontracted to ACS for maintenance.

The information could prove to be a gold mine for identity thieves, and ACS plans to send a letter to each individual in the database to inform them that their information has been compromised for several weeks.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Denver Police Department investigation is ongoing. The Alberta, Canada Department of Justice has also charged the company with bribery for offering gifts to police officers to secure their support for a deal giving ACS a 20-year no-bid contract worth $90 million to run the city's lucrative red light camera and photo radar program.

Source: Worker quizzed on stolen database (Denver Post, 11/5/2006)



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