Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Personal Data of 380,000 at Risk in Boeing Laptop Theft

An AP newswire article, via Yahoo! News, reports that:

A Boeing Co. laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of 382,000 workers and retirees has been stolen, putting the employees at risk for identity theft and credit-card fraud.

The theft, which was confirmed Tuesday, was the third such incident at Boeing in just over a year.

Files on the computer also contained home addresses, phone numbers and birth dates. Some of the files listed salary information.

The laptop was stolen earlier this month when an employee left it unattended, [Boeing spokesman Tim] Neale said. He would not reveal where the theft happened, but said no proprietary, customer or supplier data were on the computer.

The computer was turned off when it was stolen and a password is needed to log onto the desktop, Neale said Wednesday.

More here.


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