Symantec and HP lose laptops – workers warned of identity theft risk

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hewlett Packard (HP) and Symantec are reported to be warning their workers of the potential risk of identity theft after laptops were stolen containing unencrypted personal information.

The Symantec incident occurred in October, when a laptop containing some staff names, addresses and social security numbers was stolen from an employee’s home.

It was a similar story for HP, who have revealed that several thousand employee records may have been compromised when a computer was stolen from a staff member based in Houston several months ago. This incident has only just been made public after the technology giant discovered that it was wrong in its original assessment that there was no sensitive information stored on the laptop.

Now, it’s perfectly possible of course that these computers were stolen by a common criminal, perhaps looking for high…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.