By Mary Mosquera
Law enforcement officials arrested a suspect in the theft of a laptop
belonging to a Transportation Departments Office of Inspector General in
the same restaurant parking lot near Miami from which the laptop was
taken, according to an OIG status report released today.
The laptop taken in July contained sensitive, personally identifiable
information for 133,000 pilots, commercial truck drivers and individual
drivers license holders in Florida.
Authorities have not recovered the laptop.
An identity risk management company reviewed the personal data involved
and found no indication of data misuse, the report said.
Transportation awarded a contract to ID Analytics Inc. of San Diego to
provide data breach analysis services to determine over time whether the
personal information of the thousands of license holders is exploited.
The agency has launched an investigation with the Miami-Dade Police
Department. Investigators found a small theft ring that stole laptops at
and near the restaurant, loaded new operating systems and then sold the
computers on the used computer market, primarily to high school
students, the report said.
An investigation continues in the theft of another Transportation OIG
laptop in April during a conference in Orlando, Fla. The laptop was
taken from a secure room at the conference facility.
"No credit fraud has resulted from the theft of either laptop, and based
on our investigation to date, we believe that the risk of credit fraud
in the future is very low," the report said.
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