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[Dataloss] .jp: Aflac Reports Laptop Detailing 152, 000 Clients Stolen

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Fri Jul 27 2007 - 03:39:43 CDT

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By Hugh Son
July 26, 2007

(Bloomberg) -- Aflac Inc., the world's largest seller of supplemental
health insurance, said a laptop containing information on 152,000
customers in Japan was stolen from an employee of an insurance agency

The laptop contained the clients' names, addresses, birth dates, and
policy details, according to Laura Kane, a spokeswoman at Aflac's
headquarters in Columbus, Georgia. It was used by a worker of Tokyo-based
Tsusan Company and stolen on a commuter train July 17. Aflac wanted to
send letters apologizing to policyholders before alerting the press, she

``All the information was encrypted and password-protected, so it would be
very difficult for any third-party to access it,'' Kane said today.
``Obviously we've reported this to the police and they are making every
effort to find the missing laptop.''

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