Data Breach for NYC Transit Workers

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The Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 15,000 New York City transit workers has been found on a CD inside a refurbished disk drive sold by a retailer, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

The March 6 letter from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Chief Information Officer says that although the agency does not suspect and hasn't seen any evidence of misuse of the data, "every precaution is being taken to ensure that this is the case."

The MTA said an investigation is underway "to determine the cause of this security breach." A complaint also has been filed with the New York Police Department. An NYPD spokesman did not immediately comment.

A spokesman for the MTA referred an AP reporter to the content of the letter for comment.

With the Associated Press