27 Jan 2014

Coca Cola Loses Details of 74,000 People as Laptops Stolen

Details of 74,000 people were lost in a data security breach in Coca Cola’s HQ from Atlanta, after some laptops were stolen, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Coca Cola reported the theft to the Office of the Attorney General on Friday, stating that the data was not encrypted and included names, addresses and social security numbers as well as financial compensation details.

“The company is sending letters to about 18,000 individuals whose names and Social Security numbers were found on the laptops,” the article said. “It also is notifying another 56,000 individuals who had other personal information, primarily driver's license numbers, stored on the laptops.”

The laptops were stolen by a former employee in charge of equipment disposal. Coca Cola announced the laptops were retrieved and there was no indication the personal information had been misused.

They also offer free credit monitoring service to the affected individuals, according to a letter sent by Coca Cola to the OAG.