IBM Employee Information Lost

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The tapes went missing in transit from a contractor’s vehicle on Feb. 23 near the intersection of Interstate 287 and 684 — just a few miles south of IBM’s Armonk, New York, headquarters, said IBM spokesman Fred McNeese. “We’ve investigated the incident and concluded that the tape loss was inadvertent.”

The tapes contained sensitive information including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and addresses of current and former IBM employees. The majority of information was related to ex-IBMers, McNeese said.

IBM is currently offering one year’s worth of credit monitoring service to those affected by this incident. There were a few tapes that were not encrypted.

Written by MCruz on May 16th, 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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Neiman Marcus Employees at Risk to ID Theft

Specialty retailer The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. yesterday sent letters to nearly 160,000 current and former employees to tell them of a potential breach involving their personal data.

The letters were prompted by the theft of “computer equipment” from a third-party pension plan consultant working for the retailer. The equipment held the data now potentially at risk.

The data was contained in a file on the stolen equipment and included names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, and salary and other information.


Written by MCruz on April 25th, 2007 with no comments.
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2.9 Mil Georgia Residents Info Lost

A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 2.9 million Medicaid and children’s health care recipients is missing, Georgia health officials said Tuesday.

The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


Written by MCruz on April 11th, 2007 with no comments.
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Social Security Numbers Exposed in Chicago School Mailing

A printing contractor for the Chicago Public Schools said Sunday that it mistakenly mailed a list of names, Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 1,740 former school employees as part of a packet of health-insurance information to them.

Broadview-based All Printing & Graphics Inc., which was hired to print, stuff and mail the packets, said it did not realize an e-mail from the Chicago Public Schools contained the personal data. The e-mail requested that the company send open enrollment information to former employees still receiving health-care coverage through the schools.

School officials encouraged anyone with concerns to call 773-553-2820 or e-mail them at
Source: Chicago Tribune

Written by MCruz on November 27th, 2006 with no comments.
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1.4 million Coloradans At Risk to Identity Theft

A computer was stolen from a Colorado state contractor who works for Affiliated Computer Services. It had data of people who have made child support payments in the state.

It also holds data on up to nearly a (M) million Coloradans newly hired to jobs anywhere in the state. The law requires employers check data on all new employees against a state database to make sure the employee isn’t being sought for child support payments.

According to department spokesperson Liz McDonough, the stolen computer contained records of 500,000 people paying or receiving child support in Colorado as well as the records of 900,000 new employees who got jobs in Colorado or elsewhere in the last seven to eight months.

Source: KSWO-TV (via AP) &

Written by MCruz on November 2nd, 2006 with no comments.
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