Friday, August 11, 2006

Theft of laptop puts thousands of identities at risk | CNET

This fron CNET news yesterday. Why in the world is this type of data allowed on Laptops? And why are these laptops allowed outside a controlled environment. And why aren't these laptops full-disk encrypted, or using something like

Theft of laptop puts thousands of identities at risk CNET "Theft of laptop puts thousands of identities at risk
Thieves take a U.S. Department of Transportation notebook with personal information on 133,000 Florida residents.
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET

Published: August 11, 2006, 12:46 PM PDT
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A U.S. Department of Transportation laptop with personal information on 133,000 Florida residents has been stolen, exposing the data to identity fraud.
The computer was taken from a government-owned vehicle on July 27 in the Miami area, the agency said in a statement Wednesday. The password-protected laptop was assigned to a special agent in the Miami arm of the department's Office of Inspector General, it said.
While the laptop did not contain financial or medical information, four databases with identifiable information were stored on it. The details included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses in databases covering holders of Florida pilot's and driver's licenses, both commercial and personal.
The databases were being used in an investigation into the use of fraudulent information to obtain commercial driver's or pilot's licenses, the Department of Transportation said.
There is no indication that the thief or thieves took the computer because of its contents. Still, steps are being taken to protect and inform Florida residents and to recover the laptop, the agency said.
The incident is the latest in a long string of data security breaches. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is still recovering from the theft of a laptop and external hard disk drive that exposed the identities of 26.5 million veterans. Others that have lost"

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