HARTFORD - (AP) - State officials say that more than 50,000 state residents, potentially affected by a security breach, will have state guaranteed identity theft protection.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell says the thousands of residents affected by a temporary lapse in identity theft protection will have any resulting losses covered by Debix Identity Protection Network, the company hired by the state last year.

The governor also says that Experian, a major credit bureau, has agreed to extend existing fraud alerts for a year for those residents.

The measures announced Wednesday resulted from a state inquiry of recent customer complaints over a change in the way Experian was handling fraud alerts it received from Debix.

The state hired the Austin, Texas-based Debix last year after a Department of Revenue Services laptop was stolen.