Excuse me Mr. Chernoff, But I thought we had something called Homeland Security!

I mean ,after all, we have been told they have Back up system after back up system, security cameras and more federial police!

Story here... http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2006/04/28/data_storage_firm_apologizes_for_loss_of_ra... Story below: --------------- Data storage firm apologizes for loss of railroad data tapes Information on as many as 17,000 workers at risk By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | April 28, 2006 Iron Mountain Inc., a Boston data-storage firm, apologized yesterday for losing personal data, including Social Security numbers, for thousands of Long Island Rail Road employees. The railroad is an Iron Mountain customer. The loss was discovered April 6 by an Iron Mountain driver when backup tapes with employees' personal data were being transferred between locations. At risk are as many as 17,000 current or former railroad employees, according to a report in Newsday yesterday. ''We regret this accident," Iron Mountain said in a statement yesterday. The railroad described the incident in a statement issued Wednesday after it mailed letters to alert employees. According to the railroad, tapes with personal information were being delivered to its Queens, N.Y., offices from an Iron Mountain storage facility when the data loss occurred. In its statement, Iron Mountain said, ''One of our drivers reported that a container of backup tapes belonging to the LIRR was missing." The New York Police Department said the loss also involved data tapes belonging to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the loss was reported by the driver while his van was parked near a VA hospital in the Bronx, according to the Associated Press. Iron Mountain indicated that its investigators believe the loss was accidental, but an NYPD spokeswoman told the AP that the case is being investigated as a suspected burglary. Iron Mountain spokeswoman Melissa Mahoney confirmed that a second customer was involved but declined to identify that customer because those missing records, she said, contained no sensitive data. If the data had been encrypted, the loss of the tapes, even if they contain personal information, would be a ''nonevent," said Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy group in San Diego. ''Companies should know that data should be encrypted before it's shipped," she said. Iron Mountain said in its statement, ''It is important to note that it is extremely unlikely that any person who found these tapes could access the information stored on them because access would require highly specialized expertise." By one count, there have been 75 incidents nationally since Jan. 1 in which consumers' personal data have been put at risk to identity theft. Often, consumer information is compromised not because high-tech wizardry has been used to infiltrate sophisticated databases, but because a computer has been stolen or because information has been unintentionally disclosed in the most low tech of ways. ''A lot of examples are a result of sloppy practices," said Eric Bourassa, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. In February 2005, Bank of America Corp. said it had lost tapes containing personal financial information for 1.2 million accounts of federal employees. In January, officials of The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette said credit and bank card numbers of as many as 240,000 subscribers were inadvertently distributed with bundles of T&G newspapers. And in March, Fidelity Investments said a laptop computer with personal data on 196,000 retirement accounts was stolen. Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com

I must be getting slow in my older days but I swear I thought we had safeguards against this kind of thing! ---------------