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July 19, 2006 -- Nelnet, a student loan company, is the latest to report the theft of a data tape containing the names, Social Security Numbers, and other financial and personal details. Some 188,000 student loan customers, mostly in Colorado, are affected by the latest theft. The data tape was reported missing by United Parcel Service (UPS) while in transit. The plague of personal data thefts has reached epidemic proportions and is unprecedented in the history of computer security. The Bush administration, according to sources within the U.S. intelligence community, has approved a covert plan to steal personal data in order to populate Total Information Awareness (TIA) surveillance databases. The TIA program was moved from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security after its existence evoked criticism from Congress.