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Thieves Help Themselves to Home Depot Laptop

Personal information of 10,000 employees at risk, hardware chain says

Home Depot employees in the Massachusetts area today are hoping that identity thieves don't start a "do-it-yourself" project with their personal information.

In a report broadcast last night by a Boston television news team, reporters confirmed that Massachusetts-area Home Depot employees have received a letter warning them about the stolen laptop, which contained Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and other information about Home Depot employees.

The laptop was stolen out of a car of a Massachusetts Home Depot employee while parked in the driveway of his residence. The news report did not say whether the data is password-protected or encrypted.

In the letter, Home Depot apologized to the employees and offered them free credit monitoring services for a year. The company says it is cooperating with Massachusetts police to try to recover the laptop.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

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