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The Transportation Security Agency is the latest government agency to lose or have data stolen

An external computer hard drive containing the personal, bank and payroll information of up to 100,000 former and current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees was reportedly stolen from a human resources office in Crystal City, VA.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Secret Service are now helping the TSA investigate the theft -- FBI is conducting the investigation, with the Secret Service conducting a "forensic review of equipment and facilities."

The TSA learned about the missing hard drive sometime Thursday, but the agency informed possibly affected employees Friday evening -- a delay which has upset some employees.  TSA spokesperson Ellen Howe reassured agency employees by stating the TSA was "not trying to stall."

"TSA has no evidence that an unauthorized individual is using your personal information, but we bring this incident to your attention so that you can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of your identity," said Kip Hawley, TSA Administrator.

The TSA is unaware if the hard drive has left its premises.  The hard drive contained sensitive information on employees who worked for the TSA from January 2002 until August 2005.  The agency employs almost 50,000 people and is the agency responsible for securing transportation systems in the country, including airports and railroads.

Letters were sent out to all affected employees promising one year of credit monitoring services.

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RE: Security
By Hare on 5/6/2007 10:07:28 AM , Rating: 2
but thay be able just format the hdd and use it (on in your case thay probly need to do an Low level format or need to replace the hdd)

Information is all that matters. Hardware is cheap to replace. As long as data is safe the actual hardware loss is irrelevant. From a security standpoint it wouldn't really matter if the laptop was stolen or if someone just spilled their coffee all over the machine.

Another thing to consider is that no matter how strong an ecryption etc is it's useless if the user has "James" login with "James123" password. Too many people use their pets names or something similar as their password.

RE: Security
By leexgx on 5/6/2007 12:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
thats why i posted about useing SD cards as its commen an Most cases its not the user that has stole the laptop but i do think there should be an password + SD keys for the data part

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