The Transportation Security Administration has lost a computer hard drive containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employees.
TSA, a division of the Homeland Security Department, employs about 50,000 people and is responsible for security of the nation's transportation systems, including airports and train stations.
``It's seems like there's a problem with security inside Homeland Security and that makes no sense,'' said James Slade, a TSA screener and the executive vice president of the National Treasury Employees Union chapter at John F. Kennedy International Airport. ``That's scary. That's my identity. And now who has a hold of it? So many things go on in your mind.''
See Matt Spuzzo's AP article for more -- or the TSA's web site.
Now imagine if this hard drive also had copies of birth certificates, documents providing proof of address, and photos -- as required by Real ID.
See why computer security experts think that Real ID is likely to increase identity theft?