Charter Employees Info Lost with Stolen Laptop

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Charter Communications Inc. is notifying 9,000 current and former employees across the country that their personal information was stolen, along with the laptop that housed it, last month from a Charter Media office in South Carolina.

The theft occurred from a Greenville office on July 11 but was discovered July 14. Charter spokesman Marty Richmond said 12 laptops were stolen but only one contained sensitive data. That computer had the Social Security numbers, names and birth dates of the employees.

[Multichannel News]

Written by MCruz on August 18th, 2008 with no comments.
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Stolen Laptop Exposes Agilent Employees

A laptop containing sensitive and unencrypted personal data on 51,000 current and former employees of Agilent Technologies was stolen from the car of an Agilent vendor March 1 in San Francisco, the company said in a letter mailed to former employees this week.

The data includes employee names, Social Security numbers, home addresses and details of stock options and other stock-related awards.

[The Mercury News]

Written by MCruz on March 24th, 2008 with no comments.
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268k Minnesota Blood Donor Data Lost

A laptop stolen during a recent blood drive contained sensitive information on 268,000 Minnesota-region blood donors, Memorial Blood Centers say.

The laptop was in a briefcase that was stolen just before 7 a.m. Nov. 28 as workers were setting up a blood drive, said Laura Kaplan, manager of marketing and communications with the blood center. “They were setting up for a blood drive and this was in a briefcase,” she said. “The police have told us they believe it was a random crime.”

[PC World]

Written by MCruz on December 10th, 2007 with no comments.
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E.On Employee Data Stolen

A Louisville accounting firm’s laptop with names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of most E.On U.S. employees and some retirees was stolen last month in Chicago, according to letters to potential victims from E.On and the accounting firm.

Mountjoy & Bressler, the accounting firm, and E.On sent letters to potential identity theft victims about a week after the July 20 theft of the computer, which contained 2005 data. The data did not include addresses.

[The Courier-Journal]

Written by MCruz on August 2nd, 2007 with no comments.
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Northwestern Alumni Data Stolen

A laptop computer belonging to Northwestern University’s financial aid office in Chicago recently was stolen, and the Social Security numbers of some alumni may have been compromised, school officials said.

In a letter dated May 11, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them one of the computer’s files contained their names and Social Security numbers.

[Chicago Tribune]

Written by MCruz on May 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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Laptop Theft Exposes Caterpillar Employees

Caterpillar Inc. said late Friday that a laptop computer containing personal data on employees was stolen from a benefits consultant that works with the company.

[Spokesman] declined to say how many employees were affected. He said the majority are based in the U.S. and letters have been sent to notify them. Dunn said a call center is being established to take their inquiries.


Update: The laptop was stolen from an Atlanta area repair shop on April 5th. The number for the Caterpillar call center is 800-699-8978 (M-F, 7am to 7 pm).

Written by MCruz on April 28th, 2007 with 4 comments.
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