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Omega World Travel, 80,000 CCs, Laptop

The Washington Post reports, “FBI Probes Theft of Justice Dept. Data

The FBI is investigating the theft of a laptop computer containing travel account information for as many as 80,000 Justice Department employees, but it is unclear how much personal data are at risk of falling into the wrong hands.

Authorities think the computer was stolen between May 7 and May 9 from Omega World Travel of Fairfax, which is one of the largest travel companies in the Washington area and does extensive business with government agencies.

Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said … the information did not include Social Security numbers or home addresses that often are used by identity thieves to establish credit or to purchase goods in other people’s names.

Its a good thing DHS hasn’t had its way with the travel industry yet. Their “Secure Flight/CAPPS II/Registered Traveller” nonsense would have had travel agencies collecting precisely that.