Monday, September 03, 2007

Lost Laptop Exposes 10,000 Maryland Employees to Identity Theft

Another stolen laptop incident has unnecessarily exposed
innocent consumers to identity theft. In this latest incident,
involving unencrypted consumer data, the Maryland
Department of the Environment's 10,000 employees
were negatively impacted.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

A Maryland Department of the Environment
laptop computer stolen from an employee's
car last weekend held personal information,
including Social Security numbers (SSN),
for 10,000 residents registered with one of
four state boards.

The computer included names, addresses
and phone numbers of members of the boards
of well drillers, environmental sanitarians,
waterworks and septic inspectors.

So, our tip for today is for any employees
or spouses of those impacted. Contact the
web site of the Maryland Department of the
Environment (MDE) for more information.


At 9:24 PM, Blogger agent99 said...

How many more times is this going to happen to people before these companies are held financial responsible for their lax security of consumer data?

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question, Agent99, is why would this employee have the need for unencrypted consumer data on his laptop in the first place?


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