Once, Twice, Three Times A Loser… Wait, Make That Four
from the when-you're-in-a-hole-stop-digging dept
Last November, we wondered exactly why a Boeing employee was carrying around a laptop containing the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and bank account info of 161,000 thousand current and former employees. That laptop was, of course, stolen. That breach didn’t seem to teach the company anything, as five months later, another laptop was stolen, though it had info on “only” 3,600 workers. Another one was stolen from an employee’s home last month, containing info on 762 people. But, in a remarkable show of
stupidity hardheadedness, Boeing says a laptop containing the information of a staggering 382,000 current and former employees was stolen from an employee’s car earlier this month. It’s hard to know where to start here, but obviously Boeing deserves a lot of criticism for allowing this to happen three times, which is just ridiculous. It’s still completely unclear why an employee needs to be carrying this sort of information around, but even more mind-boggling is after being bitten the first time, Boeing didn’t put a stop to it. More perplexing still is why the company allowed it to go on after the second incident — or the third. The company says it will make the standard offer of credit monitoring for three years to those whose data was lost, which really means little. Boeing’s repeated loss of personal information once again highlights how little motivation companies have to protect this information, given the lack of liability they apparently enjoy and the toothless punishments they receive (if any) for the leaks. Above all, the fundamental question remains: what good reason is there for a company to allow this sort of information to be carried around on a laptop, given the obvious risk such activity invites? Boeing, we’re all ears.