TSA Loses Hard Drive With Personal Information

The Transportation Security Agency has lost an external computer hard drive containing the personal, bank and payroll information of up to 100,000 of its former and current employees who worked for the TSA from January 2002 until August 2005. It was reportedly stolen from a human resources office in Crystal City, VA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Secret Service are now helping the TSA investigate the theft. The TSA learned about the missing hard drive sometime Thursday, but the agency informed possibly affected employees Friday evening - a delay which has upset some employees.

TSA spokesperson Ellen Howe reassured agency employees by stating the TSA was "not trying to stall." "TSA has no evidence that an unauthorized individual is using your personal information, but we bring this incident to your attention so that you can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of your identity," said Kip Hawley, TSA Administrator. Letters were sent out to all affected employees promising one year of credit monitoring services. The agency employs almost 50,000 people and is responsible for securing transportation systems in the country, including airports and railroads.

News source: DailyTech

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So the hard drive was stolen, but "TSA has no evidence that an unauthorized individual is using your personal information"... only the government could say something as idiotic as that.

Oh yeah, and

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TSA has no evidence that an unauthorized individual is using your personal information, but we bring this incident to your attention so that you can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of your identity
oh yeah, thats gotta be comforting...

nothing quite like going to the pub at the end of a hard day's work with your workmates, and enjoying the blissful and carefree lifestyle that you share in common

How the hell aren't we doomed? If the US gov. was a person it would be the TrapperKeeper Cartman. ,,a big overgrown blob of bureaucratic goo sucking up everything in its wake and puking it out across the planet.

The Transportation Security Agency has lost an external computer hard drive

It was reportedly stolen from a human resources office in Crystal City, VA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S.

A bit of a misleading article wouldn't you say?

Thats why you don't store sensitive information on a hard disk that small and also keep it all in a locked filing cabinet.

Hardly hear of a filing cabinet falling out of ones pocket.

Probably stolen by one of the millions whose airport experiences have been ruined by TSA. Can't say I feel too bad about them getting screwed over. Airport security is one of my pet peeves.

The TSA aren't the ones getting screwed over by this, at least not right away. Those who will be hurt most by this initially will be the people who work for the TSA or used to work for them. Those whose personal details are now in the hands of identity theives. The kind of theives who are right now using that information to empty people's bank accounts.

When will these companies and organisations learn... why on God's Earth is information like this even stored on the hard drive of an office desktop computer any way? The only place it should be is on the secured servers at the TSA offices. Also, what self respecting organisation doesn't have a no-usb drive policy in place? Especially one where such sensitive information is available? Amateurs. A 6 month old chimpanzee could run a better, more secure IT system than the TSA.