AT&T laptop containing sensitive info was stolen
By Sanford Nowlins: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio-based phone giant AT&T Inc. said Thursday that a laptop containing names, Social Security numbers and salary information of some of its management employees was stolen from a worker's vehicle.
AT&T officials said the information is password-protected, but added that the company is offering free credit monitoring to employees whose data was on the laptop. The company also has taken disciplinary action against the worker who left the laptop in the vehicle. It was stolen last week.
AT&T is in the process of encrypting, or using special coding, to protect its electronically stored data. However, the data on this laptop had not yet been through the process, Barger added.
Barger wouldn't say how many employees' information is on the laptop. He also declined to say where the computer was stolen, saying that revealing the location might tip off thieves to the sensitive data it contains.