Laptops containing personal information pertaining to more than thirty thousand Navy recruiters were stolen from Navy recruiting stations in two New
Jersey cities, Trenton and Jersey City. The thefts took place in June and July. The laptops also contained data on a number of potential recruits,
including, in some cases, social security numbers. The Navy has assured the public that the data was protected by passwords, and there is no
indication at this time that the data has been sold or otherwise misused.
According to the Navy, one laptop was reported stolen from a recruiting station in Trenton, N.J., in early June, and the other was taken from a
Jersey City, N.J., recruiting station in early July. While the thefts were initially reported to the police, the head of Naval personnel was not
informed until mid-July.
Information on the computers included a list of applicants and recruiters as well as information from selective service and school lists. About 4,000
included Social Security numbers.
The police and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service are investigating.
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Well, it's about that time of month I guess, where another data theft story has reared its ugly head. This is happening like clockwork. These
laptops are growing legs, and just walking off, two by two, all across the country...
I think it's pretty shameful that people in a position that gives them access to such information don't take their responsibility more seriously.
If it was just a random theft, then there's little to worry about. However, if there was more to it, it could have serious ramifications. We don't
know, in this case, why the laptops were stolen. It's easy to presume that it was just a casual theft, but how can we know? If someone was looking
to cripple the armed forces, targetting recruiters would be a pretty good place to start.
Regardless of whether disaster strikes, as a result of this incident, or not, I think it behooves the armed forces and, really, any industry
trafficking in sensitive information, to go to greater lengths to protect the data. I've worked in data management, and our offices took the
responsibility very seriously. We weren't even working for the government, just a privately owned photography studio. But that didn't stop us from
securing the data, and protecting the storage devices from theft. Seriously, it's not that hard, you just have to take the responsibility seriously.
At least protect the laptops from casual thieves, that would go a long way towards reducing the number of these stories in the news.
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