TSA Laptops Missing
Should I have called this bit "Missing Laptops with Personal Info: Part
6,000,003?" It's happened again folks, although like most before it, this
is probably a case of laptops being stolen to sell for cash. Little do the perps
know -- or thankfully they just don't care -- these purloined laptops are like
an all-you-can-eat buffet for identity thieves.
The bigger issue here is that this isn't the first time sensitive data has
gone missing from the TSA. Earlier this year, the TSA lost a computer with bank
and payroll data for nearly 100,000 employees. (By the way, that acronym stands
for "Transportation Safety Administration." I'd question the "S"
and the "A" if they continue to have laptops lifted from them on a
semi-regular basis. Aren't these the people who're supposed to keep bad guys
from bringing bad things onto airplanes?)
time, two laptops with detailed personal information about commercial drivers
licensed to transport hazardous materials are gone. The laptops belonged to
a contractor called Integrated Biometric Technology that works for the TSA.
Since they were reported missing, TSA has instructed the contractor to encrypt
its hard drives. So far, there have been no reports of data misuse.
Has your organization ever experienced data theft or loss like this? How did
you deal with it? What was your plan? Steal a few moments and let me know at
Posted by Lafe Low on 10/17/2007 at 1:23 PM