Stolen Laptop Exposes Alaska Political Donors' Financial Information
More than 1,000 donors' names, addresses, phone numbers, occupations, employers' names, and bank account or credit card details may have been exposed.
KTOO reports that a password-protected laptop that held more than 1,000 donors' financial information was stolen last week from the Anchorage, Alaska office of Byron Mallott's gubernatorial campaign (h/t DataBreaches.net).
"What we believe may have happened was the back door had not latched properly," campaign advisor Bruce Botelho told KTOO. "Someone had come in through the back door while volunteers were working in the front public area of the campaign and it was removed."
The laptop contained PDF copies of checks and credit card information, including donors' names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, occupations, employers' names, and bank account or credit card details.
All those affected are being notified by email, and are being advised to monitor their financial accounts and credit reports for any suspicious activity and to consider placing security freezes on their credit files.
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