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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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 7, 2008, 9:37 AM

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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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