Personal information relating to around 44,000 retired people in Arizona may have been compromised in a security breach.
According to AZcentral, the Arizona State Retirement System began notifying affected retirees, all of whom were enrolled in the ASRS dental plans. Spokesperson David Cannella said that the problem began last month when two unencrypted discs containing the first and last names and Social Security numbers of members enrolled in ASRS dental plans were sent to a benefits company in Missouri.
That company informed the ASRS that it had not received the discs, and the trust began searching for them. When the ASRS could not find the discs, the fund began notifying those affected and apologised in writing.
The ASRS believed that the discs were likely destroyed in the mail, and the will now send sensitive data only with encrypted discs or secure file uploads, and will pay for a tracking service to make sure the information arrives at its destination.
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