by Ted Land
Thursday, January 28, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Tens of thousands of Alaskans are trying to find out if their personal information is missing.
Attorney General Dan Sullivan announced Thursday there's been a massive security breach reaching the highest levels of state government.
More than 77,000 Alaskans' personal information is missing. No one knows where it went.
Now, people who think they might be affected are scrambling for protection.
Thousands of state workers are making a phone call trying to find out if they're on "the list."
On that list, are Sullivan and Gov. Sean Parnell and more than 77,000 other Alaskans who were participants in the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System in 2003 and 2004.
"In this case the information that we're concerned of is names, dates of birth and social security numbers," Sullivan said.
In the process of an ongoing lawsuit against the state's former actuary, Mercer, a law firm turned over personal information to the state's financial experts, PricewaterhouseCoopers, a private firm which was evaluating the list as part of the lawsuit.