No One Is Immune

Even being head of the Federal Trade Commission is no guarantee against identity theft. FTC chair Deborah Platt Majoras was recently notified by shoe retailer DSW that she was among 1.4 million people whose credit card numbers were in a database breached by thieves. The DSW breach, discovered in March, affected customers of 108 DSW retail stores nationwide. While the compromised data did not include social security numbers, it did include credit card numbers, checking account numbers, and drivers license numbers. A suit has been filed by Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro seeking the notification of every individual affected by the breach.

Majoras could potentially join other high-profile victims of identity theft such as Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, and Ross Perot (among others).

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