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[Dataloss] TSA Laptops With Personal Info Missing

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Mon Oct 15 2007 - 16:45:10 CDT


Two laptop computers with detailed personal information about commercial
drivers across the country who transport hazardous materials are missing
and considered stolen.

The laptops belong to a contractor working for the Transportation Security
Administration and contain the names, addresses, birthdays, commercial
driver's license numbers and, in some cases, Social Security numbers of
3,930 people, according to an Oct. 12 letter from TSA to lawmakers.

The contractor told TSA that the personal information was deleted from the
computers before they were stolen, the letter stated. But after the second
laptop was stolen, TSA investigators discovered that a person with data
recovery skills could recover the personal information that the contractor

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