It's happened to the Veteran's Administration, and now it's happened to CPS: laptops with lots of Social Security numbers stolen, putting tens of thousands of employees' identities at risk. See below for the CPS press release.
Laptops Containing Social Security Numbers of Employees Contributing to Teacher Pension Fund Stolen from CPS Central Office
All Current Contributors to CPS Teacher Pension Fund Advised to Monitor Their Credit Information
laptop computers containing the names and Social Security numbers of
approximately 40,000 CPS teachers, principals, and assistant principals
were stolen from the school systems Central Office, 125 S. Clark St.,
at about noon today. The CPS Bureau of Safety and Security is working
with the Chicago Police Department to apprehend the thief. They have
identified a suspect and have released a surveillance video of that
computers belong to McGladrey and Pullen and its
subcontractoraccounting firms that were reviewing the history of
payments to the CPS Teacher Pension Fund. Therefore, the names and
Social Security numbers of any CPS employee who paid into the Teacher
Pension Fund from 2003-06 is contained in the stolen data. The
information does not include addresses, dates of birth, or any other
asking for everybodys help in apprehending the thief, and we want all
of our affected employees to monitor their credit information, said
Andres Durbak, Director of the CPS Bureau of Safety and Security.
Were working closely with the Chicago Police Department to get this
information back in safe hands as quickly as possible.
CPS is also offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to
the arrest of the offender or recovery of the computers. Anyone with
information on the theft is asked to call the police department
The CPS will be sending an email to all current employees tonight and posting information for former employees on its website: www.cps.k12.il.us. Affected employees are also encouraged to get more information on protecting their credit information by visiting www.ftc.gov/IDTheft.
CPS employees with questions about the stolen information can call
773-553-1142. That number will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. During off-hours, a
voice-mailbox will be available.
Filed under: 125 S. Clark Street