Coca-Cola laptop theft could have compromised info for 74,000: WSJ
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[January 25, 2014]
(Reuters) — Beverage maker Coca-Cola Co <KO.N> on Friday said
company laptops had been stolen from its headquarters in Atlanta and
could have compromised information of about 74,000 people, according
to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
A spokeswoman for the company said the laptops were stolen by a
former employee responsible for maintenance and disposal of
equipment, the business daily reported. The company on December 10
learned that personal information was stored on the laptops after
recovering them, the newspaper said. (http://link.reuters.com/mux36v)
Coca-Cola could not immediately be reached for comment outside
regular U.S. business hours.
The world's largest soft drink company has alerted domestic and
Canadian employees about the security breach through a memo, the
Personal details such as Social Security numbers, driver's license
numbers and credit-card information may have been compromised, the
The company, which has managed to recover the laptops, which were
not encrypted, contacted law enforcement authorities, while saying
it could not confirm whether the information has been misused, the
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The company's disclosure about this possible security breach comes
after Target Corp <TGT.N>, the third-largest U.S. retailer, last
month said hackers stole data from up to 40 million credit and debit
cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three
weeks of the holiday season.
(Reporting by Sampad Patnaik; editing by
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