Kayser-Roth Corporation, an affiliate of Golden Lady Group, recently notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that a laptop stolen from their corporate office in Greensboro, North Carolina contained personal and financial information on an unspecified number of current and former employees.
The laptop, which was stolen from the Corporate Payroll Department sometime between 4:30 pm on October 14 and 7:15 am on October 15, was password-protected, but the data and files were not encrypted. Names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of former and current employees as well as bank account information of current employees was on the laptop.
The firm did not offer those affected any free services. And somewhat to my irritation, in the police report they filed – a copy of which was attached to their notification to New Hampshire – the value of the laptop was listed as $1500.00 while the value of the employee information was listed at $1.00. Maybe if they’d actually paid for credit monitoring services or had to pay millions of dollars for legal defense of a lawsuit over the breach, they’d realize that the information was worth a lot more than $1.00.