Breach, Data Security

Storage devices stolen from Entercom Portland employee, 13K affected

Entercom Portland, the Oregon-based branch of the national radio broadcasting corporation, is notifying about 13,000 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised after storage devices containing the data were stolen from an employee's vehicle.

How many victims? About 13,000, according to reports

What type of personal information? Names, Social Security numbers, payment card information, and bank account information.

What happened? Magnetic tape data storage devices containing the personal information were inside a backpack, which was stolen from an Entercom Portland employee's locked car.

What was the response? The Portland Police Bureau commenced an investigation into the theft, and Entercom Portland began an internal investigation with the help of an independent data security firm. Entercom Portland is taking actions to ensure a similar incident does not occur. All impacted individuals are being notified and offered a free year of identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.

Details: The theft occurred on Feb. 28. The storage devices contained a backup of a file server located in Portland.

Quote: “We are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of the compromised personal information,” according to a notification on the Entercom website. “The stolen data cartridges are magnetic tape data storage devices that require special software and hardware to read, and cannot be accessed by the typical home computer.”

Source:, “Notice of Data Security Event – Entercom Portland, LLC,” May 9, 2014.

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