New York, NY – Laptop with Personal Data of 280,000 People Stolen from Consultant to the City

23 08 2007

New York, NY – A laptop with personal data of as many as 280,000 city retirees, belonging to a private consultant to the city Financial Information Services Agency, was stolen from a midtown restaurant, said City Hall spokesman Jason Post.
“The consultant [had] access to personal information of members of the city’s various pension systems,” Post said.

It was not immediately clear how many retirees’ personal information files – possibly including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and pension amounts – could have been on the computer.
Therefore, all retirees whose privacy might have been compromised as a result of the theft will be contacted, Post said.

A police source said the laptop was lifted from Kang Suh, a Korean restaurant at 1250 Broadway.
The potential good news for retirees, the source added, is that sensitive information on the computer may have been encrypted, although that’s still under investigation.
The Official Directory of the City of New York describes FISA as a “state-of-the-art information technology services center” that “provides secure access” to data on the city’s finances and payroll. [nydailynews]

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