This time, the drugmaker reveals that the theft of a laptop computer in February potentially exposed about 800 current and former employees and outside contractors to identity theft.
“At this time, Pfizer is not aware that any person has inappropriately used any exposed information, but the company is continuing to monitor the situation,” Pfizer attorney Bernard Nash wrote in a letter to attorneys general in several states. Nash’s letter, dated March 19, said a laptop was stolen Feb. 7 by a burglar from the home of a contractor who helps arrange planning travel and meetings for Pfizer. The laptop was password protected, Nash added. Here is the letter.
The laptop included names, credit card numbers and, in some instances, credit card expiration dates, addresses and phone numbers, hotel loyalty program numbers and other info. It did not appear that any Social Security numbers or PIN codes were exposed, the drugmaker maintained. No arrests have been made, by the way.
Last year, a series of data breaches at Pfizer exposed the names and personal information of more than 52,000 people. You can read about them here, here, here and here. The drugmaker was widely criticized for failing to report the first breach - which affected some 17,000 current and former employees - on a timely basis. The episode prompted a lawsuit by a former employee.
This story was first reported by The Day.