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UCLA laptop theft exposes ID info

Representatives of the University of California, Los Angeles, are warning 145,000 blood donors they could be at risk for identity theft due to a stolen university laptop. UCLA’s Blood and Platelet Center included the advisory in a letter sent last week to all who donated blood through the organization. Thieves broke into a locked van last November and grabbed a laptop with a database that includes names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for all blood donors, according to a university statement. The database did not include medical information other than blood type, according to the statement, and university officials did not recognize the significance of the loss and the potential for identity theft until the matter came up in a security audit last month. Full Story

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