639 Social Security numbers potentially accessible to public through Va. website

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The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) said Friday that it “deeply regrets” confirming that personal information, including 639 Social Security numbers, was potentially made available to the public and that it has removed the information from the internet.

The information was not accessible through search engines, but was made available through database queries. The department will review information from the agencies where the data originated to determine how it occurred, and will reach out to the individuals that were potentially affected in the coming weeks. DGS will provide a central telephone number on its website next week for people to call.

Richard F. Sliwoski, Director of the Department, called the situation “troubling.”

“While we have taken immediate action to remove the database information, it’s imperative we look at long-term strategies to make sure this never happens again,” he said. “That is our next step.”

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