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by Dave Gradijan

Equifax Employee Data Stolen

Jun 20, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit  bureaus, had a company laptop containing employee names and Social Security numbers stolen from an employee near London, an Associated Press article on reports.

According to Equifax spokesman David Rubinger, the May 29 theft could affect roughly 2,500 Atlanta-based employees, who were notified June 7.

Rubinger also mentioned that it would be almost impossible for thieves to decipher the information because the data is streamed together. No other employee information and no customer data is on the computer.

The AP reports that Equifax is providing employees free access to its credit monitoring service and encouraged them to put a fraud alert on their files.

The employee whose laptop was stolen has been disciplined for violating company policy, the AP reports. It prohibits storage of company information on the hard drive.

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Compiled by Paul Kerstein