Update – 2/22/05:
It appears that not only Californians were affected – all 50 states have had consumer data stolen. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that 830 potential victims in Wisconsin have also been notified.
Findlaw’s Cyberlaw Newsletter reports:
A company that collects consumer data warned thousands of Californians that hackers penetrated the company’s computer network and may have stolen credit reports, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. ChoicePoint Inc., which sells such data to government agencies and a variety of companies, acknowledged Tuesday that several hackers broke into its computer database and purloined data from as many as 35,000 Californians.