[lit-ideas] Computer with D.C. workers' data stolen

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 15:21:54 EDT

I wanna know who is stealing all this govt data (like the Veterans' and  
Active Military info) and what they're doing with it.....
Julie Krueger
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Computer with D.C. workers' data stolen 

Sun Jun 18, 6:45 AM ET  

A laptop containing the Social Security numbers and other personal data of  
13,000 District of Columbia employees and retirees has been stolen, officials  
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. 
The laptop was not password-protected and the data was not encrypted,  
Campbell said. 
The company said it was working with district police and had hired a private  
investigator. Police would not confirm the theft Saturday. 
City officials said they were disturbed about how the data was stored and  
that the company waited to report the theft. 
"We are concerned that this information was being managed without  
protection," said Mary Ann Young, spokeswoman for the city's chief financial  
She said the district expects details about the incident from ING this  week. 
The company has sent letters to all affected employees warning them of the  
possibility of identity theft. ING also will set up and pay for a year of 
credit  monitoring and identity fraud protection, Campbell said. 
"For us, this is very unfortunate," she said. "But we're moving forward,  
we're very focused and committed to find any other laptops that don't have  
encryption software and to fix that. This incident revealed a gap." 
Two other ING laptops containing information on 8,500 Florida hospital  
workers were stolen in December, but the employees were not notified until this 
week, said ING spokesman Chuck Eudy. Neither laptop was encrypted, he said. 
On the Net: 
ING Financial Services: http://www.ing-usa.com/us/index.htm 
District of Columbia Retirement Board: http://www.dcrb.dc.gov/dcrb/site/ 

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