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Sensitive data contained on stolen USDA laptop

A laptop and printouts containing details about United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees and contractors was stolen from an employee's car parked at a meat plant.

Personal information about 350 USDA employees and contractors involved in the Agricultural Marketing Service's meat grading programs nationwide was stored on the laptop.


According to a USDA spokesman, the laptop and printout were returned to the meat plant, however the bag they were in had been rummaged through.


Last month a hacker gained access to data about 26,000 USDA employees, but according to the USDA did not download any of the information.

Editor WorldPoultry

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