Random Theft Nabs Info on 159K Employees

Laptop lifted from Administaff contains names, addresses, SSNs
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 6:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A laptop stolen from the offices of Administaff contained at minimum the names, addresses and Social Security Numbers of 159,000 current and former employees. The Houston-based temp firm began notifying the compromised employees this week, Computerworld reports. The data was apparently not the target of the theft, described as "random" in a company website post.

Administaff is offering a year's worth of free identity-theft monitoring services to the affected employees, who all worked for the firm in 2006. This is the fourth publicly disclosed data breach this month involving a stolen laptop, according to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.