Stolen laptop contained Hanger Orthopedic Group employee data
Through their lawyers at Foley & Lardner, Austin-headquartered Hanger Orthopedic Group (NYSE- HGR) notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that a laptop stolen earlier this month contained employee information.
By letter dated November 12, the firm reported that a laptop was stolen from an employee in the Human Resources Department on November 4. The laptop contained several human resource related files, which “we unfortunately believe may have contained certain personal information, including employee names, addresses, and social security numbers. ” The laptop was reportedly password-protected but not all of the contents were encrypted. The incident was reported to local law enforcement.
The firm offered affected employees some free credit monitoring service, but the report does not explain how and where the laptop was stolen, nor how many employees were affected.
Of some concern is their “we believe” statement. Don’t they know for sure? Was there no backup of the files?
Golde - November 22, 2010
Good questions. Companies should know by now to have a back-up that is updated daily.