The personal financial information of tens of thousands of Facebook employees have been compromised after a thief stole corporate hard drives from an employee’s car.
The unencrypted hard drives contained the payroll data of approximately 29,000 employees who worked at Facebook in 2018.
The data included their names, bank account numbers, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. In addition, the drives also contained salary information, bonus amounts and equity details.
On November 17, an employee’s car was broken into, to which Facebook only realised that the hard drives were stolen three days later. Following an investigation, on November 29, Facebook confirmed that the hard drives contained employee payroll information.
On December 13, Facebook alerted its impacted employees about the incident.
Regarding the employee who was robbed, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the individual was not supposed to take the hard drives outside the office.
“We have taken appropriate disciplinary action,” the spokeswoman said.
Facebook is working with law enforcement to investigate the car theft and recover the hard drives.
Those impacted have been encouraged by Facebook to notify their banks. In addition, the tech giant has offered them a two-year subscription to an identity theft monitoring service.
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