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Stolen Stanford laptop has sensitive information

Original post made on Jun 8, 2008

Stanford University determined Friday that a laptop computer with confidential personnel information was stolen on Thursday and university officials have sent e-mails to current and former employees whose personal data may be at risk, according to university spokesman Jonathan Rabinovitz.

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Posted by Newyankee
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm

I would like to add that about a year ago sensitive employee information was lost at SLAC as HR hired an identity thief as a temp worker. Notices did not reach all effected employees for lack of current information.

I wonder if Stanford has current contact email addresses for all 72,000 victims. Also I would like to remind Randy Livingston that 2 x 0 = 0.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10 am

It would seem elementary that the only sensitive information on a laptop or an unsecure desktop would be statistical in nature requiring a dongle or other fixture to fully access.

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 6:19 am

I agree 100% with Walter ..

If by any chance the information on the unsecured laptop was indeed the dump of the HR application - containing ssn, phone numbers etc - Stanford better pay close attention to their own information security and the types of downloads the application allows !

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

What about retirees?

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