Triple dose: Pfizer experiences yet another breach

What happened? A Pfizer employee late last year removed confidential information from a company computer.

How many victims? Some 34,000 workers.

What type of personal information? Names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, bank account numbers and other credit card data.

What was the response? The company is offering affected parties free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance.

Details: The company did not become aware of the incident until July; this is the third reported data-loss incident to affect Pfizer since June. The first one involved file-sharing software and the second involved lost laptops.

No reports of identity theft or fraud have been connected with the latest breach.

Quote: "These were three separate and distinct incidences. This is a serious matter and we are doing everything we can to protect our colleagues." - Ray Kerins, Pfizer's senior director for public affairs and policy.

Source: "Pfizer workers' identities at risk," Sept. 4, The Detroit News.

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