"BOSTON (AP) -- The loss or theft of personal data such as credit card and Social Security numbers soared to unprecedented levels in 2007, and the trend isn't expected to turn around anytime soon as hackers stay a step ahead of security and laptops disappear with sensitive information."
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A good majority of them don't beef up security until after a breech has happened. Their security is so lax it's not even funny. Most breeches accrued because of laptop theft. Apparently the companies have not heard of encryption, and secure passwords. Just two companies in my area have ban the practice of allowing sensitive information leaving the job. Other's "check out" a laptop that has been beefed up with security measures.
Most that steal laptops have no clue they have such a gold mine of information on them. They are out for a quick buck at a local pawn shop or from a friend that has no clue or just a slight clue that the laptop is stolen. In my area, big items like laptops/notebooks you have to show a receipt that you purchased it before a pawn shop will even take it. Several other items are the same way. So many are sold unsuspecting to the neighbor, friend and unfortunately to drug dealers.