OR: State loses 45 Social Security numbers in scam

Alexander Rich reports:

An online scammer made off with 45 Social Security numbers after sending a virus to a computer at the Department of Human Services office in Coos Bay last week.

The virus arrived in the form of a bogus e-mail with a link on it Jan. 23. When an employee clicked on the link, it downloaded an application that recorded keystrokes and sent them to an external address.


Gene Evans, a DHS spokesman, said the information was taken from Coos County residents applying for assistance through the Self-sufficiency Program. All of those affected were notified of their lost information Monday and provided information about how to limit their risk of identity theft.

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