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From: Henry Brown (hbrownknology.net)
Date: Mon Sep 10 2007 - 09:09:17 CDT
Report: 28 State Laptops Gone Missing In Past Year
HARTFORD, Conn. -- More than two dozen state-owned laptop computers have
been reported lost or stolen since July 2006 from government offices,
classrooms, employees' vehicles and their homes, according to state records.
The latest incident, a theft reported on Aug. 17, prompted the state to
offer free identity-theft coverage to the 106,000 taxpayers whose names
and Social Security numbers were on the computer.
However, another 28 state-owned laptops also have been reported missing
since July 2006, the Journal Inquirer newspaper of Manchester reported.
Their combined value exceeds $62,000.
According to records from Comptroller Nancy Wyman's office, some of the
stolen laptop computers belonged to the state departments of consumer
protection and environmental protection, and to Southern Connecticut
Other missing laptop computers belonged to the University of
Connecticut, Connecticut Judicial Branch and state Department of
Education, the newspaper reported.
House Majority Leader Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, whose personal
information was on the computer reported stolen Aug. 17, said he wants
the state Department of Revenue Services to release more details about
"We need to find out what's going on, how this could happen, to make
sure this doesn't happen again," he said.
The laptop computer was among several items reported stolen from a state
worker's vehicle in Suffolk County, N.Y., although that employee's name
and title has not been released.
Sara Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue Services, said
she could not release details because of the ongoing police
investigations in New York and Connecticut.
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