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Okinawa Marines lose CD-ROM with information of over 160,000 individuals

  • November 19, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 27
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The U.S. Marines Okinawa lost a CD-ROM with the personal information of some 163,000 individuals recorded when they entered U.S. military facilities, sources informed Sankei. This CD-ROM contains the names, birth dates, employee ID numbers, driver’s license numbers, and social security numbers (of American citizens) of U.S. military personnel, civilian workers, and ordinary citizens, including Japanese nationals. The U.S. Marines have just announced the loss of the CD-ROM and are calling on the public to “check if there is anything suspicious regarding their bank accounts, etc.”

 

According to the U.S. Marines, the CD-ROM was kept in the vehicle registration office of Camp Butler (in Kitanakagusuku Village). It was lost during regular office hours around Sept. 27. The information in the CD-ROM covers all individuals, regardless of nationality or type of employment, who registered their vehicles to enter U.S. military facilities from January 2007 to September 2017.

 

U.S. forces conducted an investigation after becoming aware of the loss, but the CD-ROM has not been recovered. However, “there has been no evidence of improper use of the lost information,” and the information on Japanese nationals “is not thought to pose a threat to their identity, credit standing, or financial situation.”

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