By Nicola Cooke
July 05, 2009
Personal details of more than 100,000 Bord Gais customers were on
laptops stolen from the energy firm last month, significantly more than
the 75,000 initially reported.
Details of the full extent of the security breach are expected to emerge
when the findings of an investigation into the laptop thefts are
disclosed. Four laptops were stolen from the Bord Gais offices on Foley
Street in Dublin city centre on June 5, including at least one
containing unencrypted customer information and bank account details.
Gardai investigated the theft of the laptops, while the Office of the
Data Protection Commissioner is investigating why the laptop with the
customer information was not encrypted.
Bord Gais informed gardai and theData Protection Commissioner six days
after the robbery, but did not initially reveal that the laptop was
unprotected by encryption.
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