Recovered UAMS computer held worker data

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Lawrence Nichols, a former University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences housekeeping employee, has been charged in the theft of a computer that contained personal information of thousands of current and former employees. The theft occurred May 18th.

The computer was used to make identification badges for UAMS employees, students and contractors, and contained names and Social Security numbers. …. It’s estimated the computer was used to make about 50,000 badges, but some of those were to the same individuals because of lost badges or name changes, Taylor said. It didn’t contain contractors’ Social Security numbers because they aren’t UAMS employees.

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UAMS information technology staff members examined the computer and determined no one accessed the numbers. However, as a precaution, UAMS officials have sent the computer for an additional examination by Kroll Ontrack, a company that specializes in computer forensic testing “just to confirm that there was no breach,” Taylor said.

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