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SafeNet, hundreds, paper in a briefcase

An employee hoping to get extra work done over the weekend printed out 2004 payroll information for hundreds of Safenet’s U.S. employees, snapped it into a briefcase and placed the briefcase in a car.

The car was broken into over the weekend and the briefcase stolen – along with the employees’ names, bank account numbers and Social Security numbers that were on the printouts, a company spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

I’d like to commend Safenet for coming clean on this. Too often, companies have swept these things under the rug. Security professionals know that such things are common, but there’s been a conspiracy of silence around breaches or failures of security.

(From The Baltimore Sun, Police probing data theft from information-security company employee, via Freedom is Slavery. Visit BugMeNot for a login.)