700,000 social security numbers at risk

More ID theft madness from the US as the theft of a computer server from an Indianapolis debt collection firm appears to have opened up 700,000-plus people to identity theft.

According to US newswire reports, the server was owned by the Central Collection Bureau, which had received past-due billing data from around 100 businesses across Indiana.

When the server went walkies, so did the identities of more than 700,000 punters whose bills were past due.

What about encryption? What a joke. You can't expect a debt collection company to shell out for something as basic as that can you?

More on the latest US data fiasco here...