Recently there have been stories about Government agencies having their computer data stolen. The latest victim is one of the three major credit bureau companies.
It was announced that an Equifax Inc. company laptop containing employee names and Social Security numbers was stolen from an employee while traveling by train near London .
The data stolen could affect as many as 2,500 of the Atlanta-based company’s 4,600 employees. Information to hand states that the theft happened May 29th and all employees were notified June 7th.
Per a company spokesperson employee names and partial and full Social Security numbers were on the computer’s hard drive. Further data indicated that it would be almost impossible for the thief to decipher the information because it was streamed together. The computer had only employee information and not customer data.
The company has provided employees free access to its credit monitoring service, and it has encouraged them to put a fraud alert on their credit file for full protection against personal theft.
Equifax Inc. did not identify the employee whose laptop was stolen. However, the employee was disciplined for violating company policy, which prohibits storage of company information on a hard drive. This type of information is supposed to be stored on the company’s computer server. The employee was granted access to the information as part of his job.
At this time the laptop has not been recovered and authorities in Great Britain are investigating the theft.
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