December 18, 2006 7:51 AM PST
Boeing employee fired after laptop stolen
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Stolen Boeing laptop held ID data on 382,000December 14, 2006
Boeing announced last week it fired an employee who it said violated company policy by downloading sensitive information onto a laptop without using encryption technology. Boeing took the action after learning the laptop, which contained personal information about 382,000 Boeing employees and retirees, had been stolen from a car. The theft of the laptop put those whose information was on the machine at risk for identity theft.
The theft marked the third time in roughly a year in which a laptop containing sensitive personal information about Boeing employees and other individuals was stolen. A laptop stolen in April contained personal information on about 3,600 people, and one stolen in late 2005 contained information on 161,000.
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