January 27, 2007
The Boeing Co. said it has recovered a stolen laptop computer containing
personal data on 382,000 workers and retirees.
In an e-mail to employees within the past week, Senior Vice President
Rick Stephens said Boeing and an outside security consultant had
determined that the files containing personal information had not been
He said the company will make good on its offer to provide free credit
monitoring for affected employees.
The employee who was responsible for the laptop was fired soon after it
was stolen, and Boeing says the company now forbids recording any
personal information on the hard drive of a laptop.
Instead, all such information must be accessed on in-house servers
behind a firewall, spokesman Tim Neale said.
The recovered laptop, which was taken in early December 2006, is the
third Boeing laptop containing significant amounts of personal
information to be stolen, and the only one to be recovered.
The first, taken in November 2005, contained information on 161,000
workers. The second, stolen in April 2006, had data on about 3,600
Additional laptops containing personal information also have been
stolen, Neale said, though the information on them pertained to only a
"very small" number of workers.
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