Personal information for 600,000 current and former Time Warner employees has been lost, the company announced on Monday, potentially setting the stage for one of the largest cases yet of identity theft.
Time Warner said the mishap occurred on March 22, when data storage company Iron Mountain was transporting its backup tapes to a storage facility away from its offices. The company lost the tapes while in transit, said Kathy McKiernan, a Time Warner spokeswoman.
“The tapes were discovered missing on the same day they were picked up,” McKiernan said. “We launched an investigation, and when we could not rule out foul play, we contacted the (U.S.) Secret Service to investigate.”
Time Warner waited for more than a month before notifying current and past employees that their personal information may have been compromised.
To date, Time Warner says it has not received any notices of compromised personal information from current and former employees.