Boeing laptop with data on 382,000 employees stolen

A laptop containing the personal information on 382,000 current and retired workers of Chicago-based Boeing Co. was stolen from an employee's car earlier this month, according to Boeing spokesman Tim Neale. He declined to say exactly where the laptop was stolen. The information included employees' Social Security numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates, as well as salary information, Neale said.

Although the laptop was turned off and was password protected, Neale said the data on it was not encrypted. Neale said Boeing is working with law enforcement officials to try and recover the laptop and noted that the company began notifying the affected people on Tuesday. Boeing is strongly suggesting that they sign up for a credit monitoring service, of which the company will pay, he said.

News source: Computer World

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My company is currently in the process of encrypting laptops. It's not very widespread yet. Lets hope it will be soon.

Comes down the the fact that companys don't care about it's people. If it was some new secret thing they was working on that they worry others would know about and beat them to it, you can bet it would be encrypted. The law is going to have to make it mandatory for personal info be encrypted. Only way they will EVER do it.

I'll say these people should be brought to court. This is just so stupid ..... First, those sensitive data shouldn't be on the laptop the first place. Second, if you decide to put it on laptop with you, take that **** w/ you all the time. This is just show how those peple are so irresponsible...

"Neale said the data on it was not encrypted." + leaving that thing in the car = HOLY CRAP...
dude, thats just way more than stupidity, that should be punished!

-fm

Quote - Glassed Silver said @ #9
"Neale said the data on it was not encrypted." + leaving that thing in the car = HOLY CRAP...
dude, thats just way more than stupidity, that should be punished!

-fm

Seriously, I agree. There's plenty of easy ways to encrypt files. Hell, XP Pro even has basic file/folder encryption built in. (Yeah, yeah, it's old and can be easy to break; Hey it's still better then nothing).

But it's not all the employee's fault. Why didn't Boeing mandate an encryption scheme for sensitive data on laptops? Or, if they did, why did they do such a lousy job enforcing it? Plenty of blame to spread around here, people.

if you have such sensitive information, why the hell would you leave it in the car!... that person should get fired for negligence and being stupid...

There is never any reason that such vital personal information is stored on a portable device. That information should be on a secure server somewhere and if it is needed when on the road, then VPN into the company server.

I'm sure the U.S Military will be happy to know that one of its biggest contractors hands out laptops with no encryption

Oh the Irony. I just finished a class where one of the final papers was to discuss 3 companies that had been 'compromised' in the last 6 months. Why couldn't they release this info a week ago, I could have used this!

Nice to know there are still companies out there that are irresponsible when it comes to their data. Come on, you are going to give somebody a laptop and not even use the crypt program (built in efs?) to encrypt data? What a joke!

very irresponible and now 382,000 people loom in the dark about their fate and Although the laptop was turned off and was password protected, is like putting a plastic padlock on a gate for a hacker.

If you are going to have sensitive data such as this on your laptop common sense would dictate to encrypt it. Another thing no one should be able to take this information from their place of work!