Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Incident: Laptop with credit card info for 80,000 DOJ workers stolen

In this case, a privacy incident may also be a national security incident. Computerworld is reporting that a laptop containing credit card info on 80,000 Department of Justice employees was stolen. The article says that the info was "password protected", which may or may not mean that it was encrypted.

The article does not say whether it has information on the travels of DOJ employees, which may also be a threat.

Laptop with credit card info for 80,000 DOJ workers stolen - Computerworld:

"MAY 31, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) - The FBI and Fairfax, Va., police are investigating the theft of a laptop containing the names and credit card numbers of about 80,000 U.S. Department of Justice workers.

Gina Talamona, a DOJ spokeswoman, said the laptop was stolen between May 7 and May 9 from the Fairfax, Va., headquarters of Omega World Travel, a travel agency used by the DOJ for its employees.

The computer did not contain employees' personal information, such as home addresses, office addresses or Social Security numbers, Talamona said. All the data was password-protected to prevent unauthorized access...."

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