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Laptop With NASA Workers' Personal Data Stolen

Laptop With NASA Workers' Personal Data Stolen
11/15/2012 1:25 PM ET

An employee of NASA has had a company laptop and documents stolen. The items were in a locked car, when the thief struck, prompting management to issue a notice to all employees warning of potential threats to information.

"On October 31, 2012, a NASA laptop and official NASA documents issued to a headquarters employee were stolen from the employee's locked vehicle. The laptop contained records of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) for a large number of NASA employees, contractors and others," said Richard J. Keegan Jr., associate deputy administrator of NASA.

Keegan added that the data on the device was not encrypted, meaning that "the information on the laptop could be accessible to unauthorized individuals." NASA is still in the process of determining the precise nature of all the data contained on the stolen laptop.

For now, the space agency is investigating the crime, but, in the meantime NASA admin Charlie Bolden has banned the removal of unencrypted laptops containing sensitive info from all NASA facilities.

by RTT Staff Writer

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