Heraeus breach: missing tapes may be buried in landfill

Through its lawyers, Heraeus Incorporated notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on December 29 of a security breach.

According to the letter,  the company noticed on November 18 that a steel cabinet  that contained a safe with backup tapes was missing.   The company believes (but cannot be sure) that the cabinet was discarded as part of a massive cleanup prior to building demolition.  If the cabinet was discarded, it was sent to a transfer station, crushed, sent to Pennsylvania where it was crushed again and then buried in a landfill.

Approximately 514 people had personal information on the tapes, including names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account numbers, medical information, and other personal information.

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