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Lost, Stolen Personal Data Quadruples

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Lost, Stolen Personal Data Quadruples

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Lost, Stolen Personal Data Quadruples

Lost, Stolen Personal Data Quadruples

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The loss or theft of Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other personal data reached new levels in 2007. According to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center, 79 million personal records were compromised this past year — nearly four times the number of cases for 2006. The increase comes as more money's being spent on computer security. But businesses are also sending more and more information over wireless connections, which are more vulnerable to hackers.