The drugmaker sent letters over the past week saying a data tape containing reams of personal information was stolen several weeks ago, and that an untold number of current and former employees - and their dependents - could be affected, according to sources.
Such episodes are, unfortunately, increasingly common in this largely digitized world. Pfizer, for instance, experienced several instances over the past year in which employee info was compromised due to security breaches. Here's some background.
Bristol-Myers is offering current and former employees credit monitoring for one year, but for the moment, has declined to comment on the breach. UPDATE: The letter, which you can see here, was sent by Jim Beslity of Bristol-Myers' global security office.
And today, the drugmaker is issuing this statement: "Bristol-Myers Squibb regrets that this incident occurred and is committed to providing appropriate assistance for affected individuals who had their personal information on the stolen data tape. We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of employee and dependent information. Maintaining the trust and confidence of our employees is paramount to Bristol-Myers Squibb."