Theft causes data breach for developer, Plute Homes

Computer backup tapes containing customer and employee information were stolen from home development company, Plute Homes on Nov. 13.

How many victims? 16,000.

What type of personal information?
Names, addresses, driver's license numbers and financial account numbers.

What was the response? A letter was sent to affected individuals and the company is providing its customers a free year of a credit monitoring service. Police were informed and an investigation is underway.

Details: The theft occurred at the Plute Homes' Las Vegas office. The company noticed shortly after it occurred but it took a month for Pulte's information systems team to identify the customers who were potentially affected.

"We proactively informed anyone who can be potentially affected," Pulte spokeswoman Jacque Petroulakis said. "We definitely pride ourselves in having a safe environment for our customers."

Source:, Las Vegas Sun, “Identities of 16,000 Pulte Homes customers compromised,” Dec. 25, 2008.

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