Google employee details stolen in burglary

Google has confirmed that personal data of US employees hired prior to 2006 has been stolen in a recent burglary.

Records kept at Colt Express Outsourcing Services, an external company Google and other companies use to handle human-resources functions, were stolen in a burglary on 26 May. An undisclosed number of employees' details and those of dependents, such as names, addresses, and social security numbers, were on the stolen computers. It is understood that Colt did not employ encryption to protect the information.

It is still unclear how many more of Colt Express's clients were affected by the breach. US employees of CNET Networks (publisher of ZDNet.co.uk) were also affected by the burglary, with around 6,500 employees' details stolen.

Although there is no evidence of misuse of the data to date, the information obtained could be used by ID thieves to create fake accounts and identities.

It has only come to light now that Google was one of the companies affected. Google itself was not burgled, nor were any of its internal systems compromised.

View: ZDNet

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(C_Guy said @ #9)
Karma is a b--- well, you know the saying ;)

Wot, only 4 letters?

ball
bomb
bird
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????

or are you referring to a female dog......


Anyway, the actually saying is: "Karma is a load of ********"

It seams to be every few weeks a laptop or CDR with sensitive information is stolen or lost, it’s a joke how little security seams to be used to protect people’s confidential information.

this just speaks of the data on the laptop itself really. what about the fact that the thief may have accessed other google resources via the laptop/net/vpn-access/etc. before the theft was detected [none of their internal systems comprimised..is this stated after detecting the theft?] . there could be a lot more data compromised other than what was just on the laptop.
:huh:
not to mention the fact that they were outsourcing such a sensitive role in their own company...google can't afford to have their own H.R. in house?....outsourcing sucks imho.

That's jokes, I would definitely sue them no matter what their excuse is. No encryption, no physical security of the systems, idiots.

wow. that's pretty bad. no encryption for storing that kind of data. especially when google has always been controversial when it comes to privacy.

"an external company Google and other companies use to handle human-resources functions"

alright, seriously WTF is going on

if your buisness is to store people's names, addresses and SS numbers then why in the hell wouldn't you use encryption? and why aren't your computer locked down so they can't be stolen? even my freaking middle school figured out how to attach a cable from the PC to a desk and put a lock on it

if a company has your info and the don't use encryption, they should be punished for criminal recklessness

(PermaSt0ne said @ #1)
"an external company Google and other companies use to handle human-resources functions"

alright, seriously WTF is going on

if your buisness is to store people's names, addresses and SS numbers then why in the hell wouldn't you use encryption? and why aren't your computer locked down so they can't be stolen? even my freaking middle school figured out how to attach a cable from the PC to a desk and put a lock on it

if a company has your info and the don't use encryption, they should be punished for criminal recklessness

yea those cables are totally unbreakable...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUKP8h3OSfw

I agree with encryption though...