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Retailer, Healthcare Company Offer Credit Monitoring Following Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

August 14, 2012

The Boston Globe reports on a breach at retailer Petco Animal Supplies Inc. that exposed the personal details of hundreds of employees. The breach occurred in May when five laptop computers were stolen from a company hired to audit Petco’s 401k retirement plan. The information was encrypted, and there is no indication it has been used nefariously. Current and former employees will be provided with one year of credit monitoring. Meanwhile, California’s Apria Healthcare is offering 11,000 patients free credit monitoring after a laptop containing patient information—including Social Security numbers—was stolen from an employee’s car. The company says it is in the process of encrypting its laptops.
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