Greater Media Employees' Personal Info Stolen
October 30, 2006 at 3:31 PM (PT)
Some present and former employees of GREATER MEDIA have been informed that their personal information, including names and social security numbers, have been stolen from the company's corporate office and they are at risk for identity theft.
A letter sent to employees from VP/CFO EDWARD R. NOLAN JR. says that the company had put the information on a laptop which was recently stolen from an employee's locked desk after hours. NOLAN writes that the company has no evidence that anyone has yet tried to use the information, which was password-protected, and that the matter has been referred to police. Affected employees are being given free one-year credit monitoring service from EQUIFAX as well as the ability to place a fraud alert on their credit files so that any attempt to access their credit will trigger a warning; eligible employees have until DECEMBER 31 to enroll in the free EQUIFAX service.
GREATER MEDIA joins a growing list of companies, including major banks and brokerages, from which laptops with customers' or employees' identities have been stolen. The letter does not indicate why the information was permitted to be placed on a laptop hard drive.