Another Laptop Stolen from Pfizer, Employee Information Compromised

May 12, 2008

By Lee Howard

About 13,000 employees at Pfizer Inc., including about 5,000 from Connecticut, had their personal information compromised when a company laptop and flash drive were stolen, the pharmaceutical giant confirmed today.

The data breach, which occurred about a month ago, was the second this year affecting Pfizer Inc. employees and the sixth made public in a one-year span dating back to May 2007. More than 65,000 data-breach notifications have been sent out by Pfizer over the past year, including more than 10,000 to employees from Connecticut

The company said in an e-mail to affected employees late Friday that no Social Security numbers were on the laptop, but names, home addresses, home telephone numbers, employee ID numbers, positions and salaries were possibly compromised. Other information possibly lost included the department employees worked in, the Pfizer site where the employees worked, the name of employees. managers and descriptions of their jobs.

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