Jan 24 Beverage maker Coca-Cola Co 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
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 Dec. 10
learned that personal information was stored on the laptops
after recovering them, the newspaper said. ()
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 Journal reported.
Personal details such as social security numbers, driver's
license numbers and credit-card information may have been
compromised, the Journal said.
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 newspaper reported.
The company's disclosure about this possible security breach
comes after Target Corp, 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.