I don't have any information about that one Al, but this
news sure had people around here in an uproar for a couple of weeks.
As you can see the link I sent is for an Australian
news agency - the theft occured in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I had no idea that the news had spread that far.
In this case, the computer in question was being junked and an employee took the drive home and put it in his own computer - and reformatted it!
In the days after the drive was reported missing, the companies whose records had been compromised spent gazillions of dollars sending out letters informing customers that their information was/or was not on the drive.
All that for a 30 GB drive that the dummy could have bought at any one of a number of local computer re-cycling outlets for around $50 - the price of a good meal in a restaurant.
Having worked for many years in the IT industry here, I know for a fact that this kind of thing goes on all the time. What amazed me about this local incident is not that it happened, but that it was made public.
In the past, such indescretion by an employee was always handled quietly - rerimand, economic censure, in extreme cases "early retirement" - so as to avoid the kind of panic that was created by making it public.
Are our identities more at risk now than in the past? I suspect we are no more at risk now than we ever were, it's just that now we know about it. This
forum makes it clear to me at least that our financially security is in jeopardy even when we think we're doing the right thing to protect it.
Take care, Margaret