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Laptop With D.C. Workers' Data Stolen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A laptop containing the Social Security numbers and other personal data of 13,000 District of Columbia employees and retirees has been stolen, officials said.
The computer was stolen Monday from the Washington home of an employee of ING U.S. Financial Services, said officials with the company, which administers the district's retirement plan.
The company did not notify city employees of the theft until late Friday because it took officials several days to determine what information was stored on the laptop, ING spokeswoman Caroline Campbell said.
Energy Department workers' data stolen
Cyberattacks and computer thefts at four Energy Department offices have exposed the personal records of at least 5,500 federal employees and contractors, revealing troubling security flaws at the government agency, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday in a letter to the agency's chief.
Grassley's criticism of Energy Department security came a day after Vice President Cheney said the largest terrorist threat the U.S. faces is the possibility of "an al-Qaeda cell armed with a nuclear weapon or a biological agent in the middle of one of our own cities."
Since 9/11, the Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration has grappled with security weaknesses that ranged from napping guards to the physical problem of how to safeguard millions of pounds of classified materials, NNSA administrator Linton Brooks told the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March. In one case, Brooks said, the NNSA spent months looking for missing computer disks — ostensibly containing sensitive data — that apparently never existed.
Government hit by rash of data breaches
WASHINGTON - The government agency charged with fighting identity theft said Thursday it had lost two government laptops containing sensitive personal data, the latest in a series of breaches encompassing millions of people.
The Federal Trade Commission said it would provide free credit monitoring for 110 people targeted for investigation whose names, addresses, Social Security numbers — and in some instances, financial account numbers — were taken from an FTC attorney's locked car.
The car theft occurred about 10 days ago and managers were immediately notified. Many of the people whose data were compromised were being investigated for possible fraud and identity theft, said Joel Winston, associate director of the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Theft Protection.