IBM Identity Theft Risk

By: Mark Kennedy
By: Mark Kennedy

In February, personal information of current and former IBM employees nationwide was lost, but now some who used to work at the Lexington facility are finding out their identity could be at risk.

On Friday, Phillip McDaniel received this letter from IBM alerting him that his personal information could be in the wrong hands, but McDaniel thought at first it was a scam.

Soon, after doing a little more research and contacting IMB directly, he realized he was indeed at risk.

Some tapes had fallen off the truck of an IBM contractor in route to a storage facility.

No one could ever find the records, so the company has sent out letters to those they have figured could be at risk.

Phillip McDaniel, who worked for IBM for 24 years, isn't pleased with the lack of company's communication.

IBM has offered those who's identities may be at risk a free one year credit monitoring program.

To sign up though, you must provide your personal information again to that company.

Something McDaniel says he just won't do.


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  • by George Jenkins Location: Boston, MA on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    Mark: Thanks for reporting this. I am one of the people affected by IBM's data tape loss. Strangely, I never worked for IBM but worked for a company IBM purchased in 1995... and it's been 16 years since I left that company IBM purchased. So, IBM has chosen to archive former employee data for long periods of time. IBM has never released a number of how many people were affected. Obviously, I am not happy as IBM's carelessness has now inconvenienced me. I operate a blog about my experiences with IBM's data tape loss/theft and its consequences: (edited please do not share personal websites on a public forum)
  • by Tom Mangone Location: Windham, NH on Jul 4, 2007 at 02:36 AM
    Does IBM itself offer a suite of PC Managed Internet Security Services that include ID Theft Insurance against such potential thefts of data which should put those former Lexington employees possibly compromised in a ‘better’ position than without such a service?

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