Federal Security Drive Lost At PDX

25 October 2006

KOIN6 News


PORTLAND - Federal Homeland Security officials say a computer storage device that may have held personal information on current and former employees has been lost.

A federal security director says they're relatively confident that it "got scraped into the trash, and it's gone."

The agency has spent several days trying to determine what information was on the drive and where it had gone.

The device, called a ThumbDrive, turned up missing Oct. 16 at the Transportation Security Administration's command center at Portland International Airport.

The agency has about 500 employees statewide who oversee airport security checkpoints.

When the device was last backed up a month ago, it contained the names, Social Security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers of the current workers and roughly 400 former ones in Oregon.

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