Petrochem Insulation Admits Security Breach

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California's Petrochem Insulation, a subsidiary of ASRC Energy Services, recently began notifying an undisclosed number of employees that their personal information may have been exposed as a result of a burglary.

On the evening of July 18, 2013, a laptop and several documents were stolen from a Petrochem employee's locked car. The laptop contained spreadsheets which listed several Petrochem employees' names, employee identification numbers and Social Security numbers.

The theft was reported to local police, and the company is cooperating with law enforcement in investigating the burglary.

"In addition, Petrochem has taken steps to address this incident and to help prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future, including: (i) updating its policies related to laptop security; and (ii) developing training regarding the electronic storage of personal information," Petrochem president and CEO Bill Wright wrote in the notification letter [PDF].

All those affected are being advised to check their credit cards for any suspicious activity, and are being offered a free one-year membership in Experian's ProtectMyID Alert service.