Sunday, June 12, 2005

Two Computers Stolen With Motorola Staff Data

This is an article about how staff data was STOLEN from Motorola. I had to scratch my eyes when I read this because I'm an HR professional who can't understand in this day and age how a computer gets stolen from within an HR department. This one is mind blowing.
In this story headlined "Two computers stolen with Motorola staff data" please read in paragraph 12 "Iron Mountain Inc. an outside data manager for Time Warner Inc. also lost tapes holding information on 600,000 current and former Time Warner workers." instead of "Time Warner Inc. lost equipment holding information on 600,000 current and former employees."

A corrected repetition follows
By Wei Gu and Sinead Carew
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two computers containing personal information on Motorola Inc. (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) employees were stolen from the mobile phone maker's human resources services provider, Affiliated Computer Services (ACS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , the latest in a series of incidents of companies losing control of employee data.

The data on the stolen computers included names and Social Security numbers but no financial information, according to Motorola. The number of employees affected was not disclosed.
"All employees were notified, but to this date there is no indication that any personal information has been compromised," said ACS' chief marketing officer, Lesley Pool. "It is clear that it was just an amateur burglary."

ACS said thieves broke into its office in the Chicago area over the May 38-30 Memorial Day weekend and stole the computers. Police are investigating, it said.
Motorola agreed to transfer part of its human resources systems to ACS in December 2002 under a 10-year contract valued at $650 million.

Motorola said it had e-mailed all of its U.S. employees alerting them to the incident. No personal financial data was in the computers, said Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch.
She also said the computers had strong security safeguards that made it difficult to access the information.

Employees affected by the theft are mostly in the United States, home to about half of Motorola's global work force of some 68,000, Weyrauch said.

The company offered affected employees fraud insurance coverage at no charge, she said. She would not comment on whether the break-in would affect the company's relationship with ACS.
"Right now, we're in the process of finding out how this happened," said Weyrauch. "We're working with the third party provider and the local authorities."

The theft follows a spate of breaches of customer and employee data in the United States. Citigroup Inc. (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday said computer tapes containing account data on 3.9 million customers, including Social Security numbers, were lost by United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) .

MCI Inc. (MCIP.O: Quote, Profile, Research) last month lost a laptop that stores Social Security numbers of 16,500 current and former employees. Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) an outside data manager for Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) also lost tapes holding information on 600,000 current and former Time Warner workers.
Other companies that have had similar problems include ChoicePoint Inc. (CPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Reed Elsevier Plc's (ELSN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) (REED.L: Quote, Profile, Research) LexisNexis Unit.

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