Unencrypted Laptop Data Behind Latest Data Leak

from the at-least-make-it-a-little-harder dept

Bank of America, no stranger to data leaks, says personal information of users of its Visa Buxx prepaid debit cards may have been compromised when a laptop -- containing the data in an unencrypted format -- was stolen. There seems to be an unofficial contest for the biggest data leak, but what about the dumbest? Unencrypted data on a laptop? It doesn't take a security expert to figure out that might not be a good idea. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of incentive for companies behind some of these leaks to really do anything significant to change their ways, while regulatory efforts seem to focused on punishment rather than prevention. The question of what constitutes reasonable protection is one that will come up time and time again in trying to assign blame (and liability) for these leaks. But it's a pretty safe bet that keeping unencrypted personal data on a laptop wouldn't be seen by too many people as reasonable.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2005 @ 2:45pm

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    Why the fuck do they even have credit card info on a laptop. Surely they have five nines RAID servers to store important information like that.

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    STJ, 7 Oct 2005 @ 3:32pm

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    Um I'd say if you are with BOA, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Chris, 7 Oct 2005 @ 4:18pm

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    Wow, now that is just very scary. I can understand an employeee downloading and saving customer data.. or giving out his/her passwords to someone else... but this just takes the cake. With encryption built into Windows 2000 and XP Pro there's no excuse for it to not have been encrypted.

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    bill, 7 Oct 2005 @ 4:53pm

    Bank of america laptop stolen

    i think it was all a trap. The laptop is a bomb, just waiting to explode. My guess is that bank of america has some enemies it wants ot get rid of, and an exploding laptop will be the perfect weapon. It is only a matter of time before those guys blow up in their cozy little beds

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    Anonymous of Course, 8 Oct 2005 @ 8:13pm

    Rule One

    There is no security without physical security.
    How stupid do you have to be to put data like that on a laptop? Probably as stupid as you'd have to be to let data like that leave the locked limited access room it should be kept in. They can't be that stupid. What this means to me is the bank card people really don't care.
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    I hope some hungry dog lawyer eats BOA's shorts.

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