Friday, May 18, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent reports employee data lost or stolen

CD with unencrypted data may have walked off a UPS truck
A CD containing personal information about thousands of Alcatel-Lucent SA employees and their dependents has been lost or stolen, the company said on Thursday.
The disk contains the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and salary information for U.S. employees who worked for Lucent prior to its merger with Alcatel SA, as well as Lucent retirees and dependents of both groups, the company said.
The disk was prepared by Hewitt Associates LLC, which administers Alcatel-Lucent's benefits plans, for delivery via United Parcel Service to another contractor, Aon Corp., Alcatel-Lucent said.

"We are still investigating this matter, but we believe the disk was lost or stolen between April 5 and May 3," Alcatel-Lucent told employees in a letter on its Web site.

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