Well, these are a dime a dozen these days. Some idiot loses his laptop and the result is a lot of people getting screwed.
Eckelberry Security Principle #1: If you don’t have the data in the first place, it can’t be stolen. Sensitive data is not for putting on to spreadsheets in plain text form and then traveling around.
Well, in this case, the FTC just lost two laptops containing highly sensitive personal information.
In a statement, the FTC said two employee laptops were stolen from a locked vehicle. The PCs contained data on about 110 people that was "gathered in law enforcement investigations and included, variously, names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and in some instances, financial account numbers."
This is really getting sickening.