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Hundreds warned as data disappears

British Columbia’s Ministry of Human Resources is warning 568 people to keep a close eye on their bank accounts and credit cards after confidential, personal information was stolen during a break-in at a ministry office in Coquitlam. Richard Chambers, a ministry spokesman, said there are concerns the information, which was contained on computer equipment stolen from the office, could be used illegally. Social insurance numbers, birth dates and addresses of clients and staff were stored on the stolen computers. “The risk is that information if it was used improperly could lead to such serious breaches as identity theft,” Mr. Chambers told globeandmail.com on Tuesday. The threat is that the information could be used to obtain credit cards or identity cards, he added. Full Story

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