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Laptop Data Thieves on the prowl

A notebook computer filled with valuable data is the biggest risk these days.

Earlier, Ernst and Young lost a laptop containing SSN of Scott McNealy, CEO Sun Micrososystems.

Today, E&Y employess left their Dell laptops in a conference room - thieved walked off with the laptops containing client's confidential information.

In another case, a computer containing insurance claims of nearly 4,000 patients treated at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center was stolen.

Identity thieves frequently use names and Social Security numbers to fraudulently apply for credit, work and even commit crimes using other people's names. Databases containing such personal information are routinely sold and traded among criminals on the Internet.

Related: CompuTrace Lojack for laptops enhances the likelihood of recovery of stolen notebooks.

Source: Miami | TheReg | SF Gate | Chron