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.
“Basically these were attorneys who were going to file a lawsuit, and they had relevant evidence on their laptops,” Winston said, noting that the FTC employees did not violate security procedures by storing the password-protected laptops in their cars.Read Full Story