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by Mike Zazaian September 27, 2006 - 1:33pm, 2 Comments

Stolen GE Laptop Leaks Thousands of SSNs

General Electric announced today that a company laptop containing some 50,000 names and social security numbers of current and former employees was stolen from a locked hotel room.

According to GE spokesman Russell Wilkerson, employees with personal data on the laptop will receive a free year’s subscription to a credit monitoring service. GE is currently in the process of informing all those who may be victimized as a result of the laptop theft.

While GE has yet to announce exactly where and when the laptop was stolen, they have confirmed that had been no reports of identity theft involving any of the names on the leaked docket. Wilkerson also stated that evidence surrounding the case suggests that the stolen laptop was probably just a crime of opportunity, and it’s unlikely that the thief is even aware of the sensitive information contained on the computer.

A number of similar events have been reported over the last year, including one in which the US Veterans Affairs Department reported that data on over 26 million veterans and service members had been leaked after a laptop containing the data had been stolen from an employee’s home. Other corporate giants who have faced such incidents include Boeing, Ameriprise Financial, and Dutch bank ABN AMRO Holding.

[via cnet]