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Stolen Laptop Epidemic- more than meets the eye?

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posted on Oct, 13 2011 @ 10:06 PM
Over the last decade or so there has been a rash of laptops with lists of private personal information being stolen- many of them with information of government and/or military personnel. Some of these stolen laptops were reported to have information on over a million people on them. There have been so many major occurrences of this theft that I began to feel early on that something was suspicious.

We know that marketers pay good money for lists of people to market products to, but there is another entity that traffics in our private information- the federal government. About the same time that we began to hear about these laptop thefts the data mining industry was sprouting up all over the place. For those who don't know, data-mining is using computers to search lists of people with different categories of information, such as credit card purchases, to keep track of who does what, when, where, how, for how much, and with who. By finding patterns in data governments/companies can learn a lot about people, ostensibly for the purpose of detecting people who might be connected to terrorists or involved in terrorist acts. The government contracts with companies like the Rand corporation to "mine" data about us, much of it very personal, like medical information, purchases, and credit history.Personally I believe that this data is being used to created personality profiles of all of us so that if a revolution happens the government would have ready made lists of key people to round up.

Whether I am right about profiling or not, it would obviously look bad for the government to be found data mining personal information of it's own employees and military personnel, which brings us back to the stolen laptops. What better way to hand over information on thousands or millions of government personnel than to arrange for it to be on a laptop that conveniently disappears. There is also a lot of financial motivation on the side of the corporations to receive this information as they are paid handsomely to comb through it.I have included results of a quick google search on stolen laptops. As you can see, there is a hell of a lot of personal information floating around out there.

A laptop containing 100 members - OSF Data Loss Logo 5, 2011 – Association of School and College Leaders Data Loss: A laptop containing 100 members' personal information stolen from an employee's ...
Laptop With Personal Information Stolen From Aurora St. Luke's ...
Nov 25, 2009
MILWAUKEE -- Thousands of patients have their personal information stolen from a Milwaukee hospital.

Tufts laptop with confidential personal information stolen - News ... › NewsSep 19, 2011 – One student whose information was on the stolen laptop was from New Hampshire, where the law dictates that breaches of personal security ...

Stolen laptop contained personal information of patients - Santa ... 2, 2009 – SANTA CRUZ -- When thieves broke into a medical office near Dominican Hospital recentlythey made off with a laptop containing personal and ...
Laptop Stolen With Personal Data On 300000 Health Insurance ... 30, 2008 – Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is offering its members free credit monitoring for one year as a result of the security breach.

Workforce Services laptop with personal information stolen | Deseret ... 24, 2007 – A laptop computer containing a spreadsheet with the the Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 2000 people was ...

Stolen laptop puts thousands at risk of identity theft | 28, 2011 – The laptop, containing private information on about 14000 patients of ... patients at North Memorial Medical Center, was stolen from a locked ...

Stolen laptop contains personal info of 2500 patients - CNN 25, 2008 – A government laptop computer stolen last month held unencrypted medical records of 2500 participants in a government study, Susan Shirin, ...

Laptop containing personal information about MWR customers stolen › News ArchivesDec 16, 2009 – ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A laptop computer containing names and personally identifiable information for slightly more than 42000 Fort Belvoir ...

posted on Oct, 13 2011 @ 10:36 PM
this is why the average joe needs to learn encryption.

your average thief doesnt even know how to spell encryption.

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 01:56 AM
A lot of this has/had to do with insurance.

It seems every time this happens,

we see a rash of ads about ID theft insurance,

Credit "protection",

"privacy" protection, etc.

it's a racket.

ETA: the give-away is the fact that all this private and sensative info is even on an open computer in the first place !

If it was so valuable, why is it so easily available?

Guys with briefcases have handcuffs on the case ?????

Not so with this planned theft corruption.

edit on Oct-14-2011 by xuenchen because:

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 02:02 AM
reply to post by UnrelentingLurker

Yes I do. Inkripshon.

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