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Virginia officials report release of 639 SS numbers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say 639 individual Social Security numbers were made public and they have taken steps to ensure the information is secure and no longer available.

The Department of General Services said Friday it will review information from agencies where the data originated to determine how the database breach occurred.

The department said it will also reach out to individuals who had their Social Security numbers released to explain what occurred and what actions they can take to monitor their credit information.

A central telephone number will be provided next week for individuals to call and learn more.

General Services Director Richard F. Sliwoski called the security breach "troubling" and said the department will examine long-term strategies to ensure it does not happen again.

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