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Time Warner, 600,000 employees, Iron Mountain Backup Tape

Time Warner Inc. on Monday said data on 600,000 current and former employees stored on computer back-up tapes was lost by an outside storage company, which the U.S. Secret Service is now investigating.

Time Warner’s data storage company, Boston-based Iron Mountain Inc., lost the tapes during transport, Time Warner said.

reports the New York Times. Update: the press release states:

“We take the security of our employees’ personal information extremely seriously and we deeply regret that this incident occurred,” said Larry Cockell, Time Warner’s Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer. “While we have no evidence to suggest the information on the tapes has been accessed or misused, we are providing current and former employees with resources to monitor their credit reports while our investigation continues. We are working closely and aggressively with law enforcement and the outside data storage firm to get to the bottom of this matter.”

3 comments on "Time Warner, 600,000 employees, Iron Mountain Backup Tape"

  • Chris Walsh says:

    Interesting that the Secret Service is involved. Were these backups of “federal interest computers”?

  • More user data stolen on tape media!

    Personal information for more then 600,000 Time Warner employees has gone missing. This is yet another example of how people steal your information. Correction, or how your information is given…

  • Adam says:

    I think that may offer insight…
    “Saint Louis University‚Äôs School for Professional Studies welcomes Larry Cockell, senior-vice president and chief security officer at Time Warner as the pre-commencement speaker. Cockell, an alumnus of SPS — formerly Metropolitan College — looks forward to addressing the class of 2004, 25 years after his own graduation from the school….Prior to joining Time Warner in January 2002, Cockell served for 20 years in various positions with the U.S. Secret Service…”

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