Jun 212010

As snarky as I can be at times about breaches that seem easily avoidable, there are some breaches where I can actually feel some sympathy for the breached entity. This is one of those times.

On June 13, the Bellevue, Washington offices of Quantum Corporation were burgled. The thieves stole some laptop computers, one of which contained employees’ names, addresses, and Social Security Numbers. But here’s what makes me feel sorry for them: the laptops had been encrypted, but the encryption was temporarily disabled because those laptops were in the IT workroom being repaired/worked on. The laptop was still password-protected, but they hadn’t gotten to reinstalling the encryption software.

The company offered its employees free credit monitoring services. You can read the notification to the NH Attorney General’s Office here.

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