Auditor laptop stolen, confidential data included

The auditor for is Ernst & Young, and one of their staff working on the audit had their laptop stolen from their car, compromising the credit card data of approximately 243,000 customers.

These things will happen, but what I don’t understand is whether they’re just assuming whoever stole the laptop is going to be able to crack the password that is no doubt protecting it. I have to enter two different passwords just to get into my work laptop, one to boot up and one to log in.

Am I missing something here? Are passwords not enough to protect the data? Can you just rip the hard drive out of the laptop somehow and extract the data that way? Is any data truly safe, then?

EY has pledged to encrypt sensitive data such as this in the future, so maybe that holds the key to safeguarding the intangible assets of audit clients.


The Dell-Alienware deal, a few weeks later

Dell bought Alienware because they needed to get into the high-end market in a big way. They have given up on trying to crack the market with the Dell brand, which has never been cool and apparently never will be.

Established in 1996 and based in Miami, Florida, Alienware has built their reputation as a provider of powerful machines built for hardcore computer gamers and encased in sleek packages.

Alienware will remain essentially autonomous. Dell … will give Alienware free rein to devise wild designs for the avant-garde using whatever components it chooses. However, Dell will assume responsibility for logistical aspects, such as securing supplies of components and offering more generous financing packages.

Dell will focus on doing what they do best and Alienware will continue to make crazy sweet machines. Seems like the match is going to work out for consumers as well as shareholders.


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