[ISN] Stolen Boeing laptop recovered

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Sun Jan 28 2007 - 23:19:14 PST


January 27, 2007

The Boeing Co. said it has recovered a stolen laptop computer containing 
personal data on 382,000 workers and retirees.

In an e-mail to employees within the past week, Senior Vice President 
Rick Stephens said Boeing and an outside security consultant had 
determined that the files containing personal information had not been 

He said the company will make good on its offer to provide free credit 
monitoring for affected employees.

The employee who was responsible for the laptop was fired soon after it 
was stolen, and Boeing says the company now forbids recording any 
personal information on the hard drive of a laptop.

Instead, all such information must be accessed on in-house servers 
behind a firewall, spokesman Tim Neale said.

The recovered laptop, which was taken in early December 2006, is the 
third Boeing laptop containing significant amounts of personal 
information to be stolen, and the only one to be recovered.

The first, taken in November 2005, contained information on 161,000 
workers. The second, stolen in April 2006, had data on about 3,600 

Additional laptops containing personal information also have been 
stolen, Neale said, though the information on them pertained to only a 
"very small" number of workers.

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