Motorola Latest Identity Theft Victim
Two laptops containing Motorola employee information were stolen from a Chicago office of services provider Affiliated Computer Services over the Memorial Day weekend.
The two laptops belonging to human resources personnel contain names and Social Security numbers, but no financial information, according to Motorola.
“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.”
According to Reuters, Motorola agreed to transfer part of its human resources systems to ACS in December 2002 under a 10-year contract valued at $650 million. The laptops in question have security safeguards in place that may keep the thieves out of the personnel files.
Most of those affected are part of Motorola’s US based workforce. They have been notified by e-mail of the theft and potential compromise; those affected have been offered fraud insurance at no cost.
Loss of personal data has been happening frequently this year. UPS managed to lose Citigroup backup tapes containing information on 3.9 million employees. And information broker ChoicePoint confirmed that about 145,000 people may have had their data improperly accessed.
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