Laptops With Cable Company Workers. Data Stolen

August 13, 2008

The personal information of thousands of current and former Charter Communications employees are in the wrong hands after several laptop computers were stolen last month, the company said.

A letter sent to the affected workers said that the computers were stolen from the company.s Greenville offices and contained records of more than 9,000 Charter employees nationwide.

The information included Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver's license numbers.

About 1,000 of those employees are in South Carolina, the company said.

"I don't like knowing that my personal information is out there," one former employee said.

The woman told WYFF News 4 that she hasn.t worked for Charter in several years. The woman asked not to be identified.

"Are they going to find out all the information about me?" she said.

A company spokesman said that Charter has no reason to believe that the information is being used improperly, but that the company will offer free credit monitoring to all the affected people for up to a year.

Charter said that no customer information was compromised.

The former worker said she's hesitant to take the company up on its offer because it would require her to provide her personal information . again.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft.

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