Labor Department Contacting
Individuals and Employers About Computer Theft
All data encrypted – but Identity Theft
Protection extended to all affected
For immediate release
July 16, 2010
WETHERSFIELD – The Connecticut Department of
Labor is notifying approximately 5,000 individuals and employers by mail that a
laptop computer was stolen within the past week from a secured environment
during a recent break-in at the agency’s Bridgeport Office. The computer
contains confidential information pertaining to unemployment insurance claimants
who had wage discrepancy complaints, and certain employers in the Bridgeport
area. The State Police were immediately contacted and are in the process of
conducting a full investigation of the incident.
“We have a deep
loyalty and strong obligation to the people we serve and will make sure that
everyone involved is notified and their personal information is protected,”
explains Acting Labor Commissioner Linda Agnew.
immediately began its own internal investigation with office staff and IT
professionals and determined that:
All data is encrypted and protected by a series of user IDs
and passwords – multiple layers of security – including various
application-level login protections, making it nearly impossible to access
the sensitive information.
All security measures were taken and computer usage policies
were followed in accordance with state Department of Information Technology
- The agency has been able to retrieve records contained on the
laptop as a result of daily backups, ensuring an accurate reading of the
information contained on the computer on the day of the robbery.
“While we do not
believe the information can be accessed from the laptop’s database and therefore
used in a manner that will compromise the security of these individuals, all
those potentially impacted by this crime will be offered free, full-service
identity theft and credit protection,” Agnew said.
Federal law mandates that the
agency use an individual’s entire social security number in the course of
business. The agency has taken proactive measures to encrypt that data yet still
comply with the law.
Nancy Steffens (860)