[ISN] Coca Cola sued by former employee over unencrypted laptop data theft

http://news.techworld.com/security/3585884/coca-cola-sued-by-former-employee-over-unencrypted-laptop-data-theft/ By John E. Dunn Techworld 13 November 2014 Coca-Cola is facing a potential class-action lawsuit after one of the people whose personal data was on one of a clutch of laptops stolen from the company says he suffered identity theft as a result of the breach. Laptops thefts are a common occurrence for most large organisations but the circumstances surrounding the loss of 55 laptops over a six-year period from the drinks giant’s Atlanta office and a bottling firm it acquired were always puzzling. Made public on 24 January this year, it turned out that an employee, Thomas William Rogers III, had allegedly taken the machines without their loss being realised. The machines contained the records of 74,000 people, all current or former employees, including 18,000 revealing social security numbers. Coca-Cola eventually recovered some of the laptops in December 2013, at which point the seriousness of the breach was realised. None of the records on the laptops had been encrypted. […]