Another laptop with SSN's and personal data stolen.

(Maybe this belongs in The Pit, feel free to move it…)

I just got a letter from my employer (AT&T) alerting me to “Potential Exposure of Personal Identifying Information”. It seems that an employee of a “professional services firm” had their laptop stolen. There were files containing names, SSN’s, and benefit information on the hard drive.

So, hey, they’re springing for a year of Equifax Credit Watch Gold. How nice of them. What could be better? Oh, I don’t know…maybe not letting contractors download the stuff to their own laptops in the first place? Oh well – I guess I know what I’ll be doing most of the day on Monday: making the requisite phone calls to credit agencies, etc, ON COMPANY TIME, ON A COMPANY PHONE, ON A COMPANY COMPUTER, AND USING THE COMPANY’S NETWORK. Try and stop me.

I wonder if they will make any kind of media announcement? I think that they’d much rather keep it quiet.

I have to agree with your contention with your employer allowing that kind of information to be downloaded on a third party’s laptop. That just doesn’t make good sense.

My wife just got the same notification. I did not realize you were another AT&T’er. Did you come with the name or from SBC? My wife survived every cut with AT&T in the last 15 years.

Now this right before our vacation. Even the timing sucks extra!

We seem to be double dippers, I was on the veterans hardrive, so now we have both been endangered by bad security outside of our control.


Pacific Bell, class of '78. Took ERB in 2001, hired by “T” last year. Hopefully I can stick around long enough to bridge my time.