Possible data breach for Hawaii APEC committee

HONOLULU (AP) - Several dozen members of the Hawaii host committee for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit have received letters informing them of a possible security breach involving their personal information.

East-West Center officials say information they gathered such as birth dates and Social Security numbers for committee members to meet President Barack Obama may have been stolen.

East-West Center spokeswoman Karen Knudsen told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/tLodee) Thursday someone likely gained "unauthorized access" to 8 of their computers beginning Oct. 25.

The letter dated Tuesday says there's no evidence personal information was actually accessed, but it can't be determined for sure it was not.

Officials say APEC security clearance information is not believed to be the target of the suspected breach.

Federal authorities are investigating.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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