A costly layover: laptop with over 32,000 SSN lost

Through its lawyers, Indianapolis-based First Advantage Tax Consulting Services (TCS) has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that on June 10, a laptop containing sensitive personal information was lost during an airport layover.

The documents on the laptop included information provided by employers who were receiving TCS’s professional services in determining their eligibility for tax credits, and contained names and Social Security Numbers on 32,842 individuals, 12 of whom were New Hampshire residents.

According to the notification, the laptop was protected by “strong complex password.” After it was lost, the password was changed remotely and the laptop’s ability to access TCS’s network was disabled.

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