A Boeing computer with files containing personal information regarding 161,000 current and former Boeing employees, including names and Social Security numbers, and in some cases birthdates and banking information, recently was stolen at a non-Boeing site. The company has no evidence that any of the personnel-related data on the computer has been accessed or misused, and there was no classified, supplier, customer, engineering or material financial information on the computer.
"We are taking a number of steps to minimize any potential damage that could result from this violation of our security procedures," said Rick Stephens, senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration.
"We are directly notifying every affected individual of what happened and have resources in place to provide information specific to each of them. We are helping them enroll in fraud alert programs at the three major credit reporting agencies and additionally will pay for their enrollment in ongoing credit monitoring services if they choose to sign up. We also have launched an investigation in conjunction with law enforcement authorities.
"We deeply regret that this happened and we are strongly committed to helping all affected employees avoid any adverse consequences that potentially could result from this theft. Safeguarding the personal information of our employees remains a priority for Boeing."