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[Dataloss] CT: Pfizer Has Another Breach of Security

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Mon Aug 13 2007 - 14:48:31 CDT


Pfizer Inc., criticized by security professionals after a data breach
exposed 17,000 employees and former employees to possible identity theft
earlier this year, has notified state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
of another incident, this time affecting 950 people.

"I am deeply disturbed and troubled by these continuing security problems
with information that should be closely safeguarded," Blumenthal said
today. "This kind of information should be treated as if it was cash
because it has the same value as cash to someone who might misuse it."

In a letter dated July 20 but received just recently by Blumenthal's
office, attorney Bernard Nash said a management consulting company named
Axia Ltd. had notified Pfizer on June 14 of an incident in which two
Pfizer laptops were stolen from a locked car. The laptops, which
disappeared May 31 in Boston, included the names and Social Security
numbers of health-care professionals who "were providing or considering
providing contract services for Pfizer," according to the letter.

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