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Two Laptop Computers Missing From Lifeblood's Main Office
Date:2/13/2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two laptop computers are missing from Lifeblood's possession and presumed to be stolen.

The dual-password protected laptops were used on mobile blood collection drives, and each included information about Lifeblood's blood donors, including names, contact information, blood type, gender, ethnicity, and, in some cases, Social Security numbers.

The organization is notifying all of the approximately 320,000 affected individuals about the situation and encouraging them to place fraud alerts on their credit reports in the unlikely event that an unauthorized person gained access to the data on the computers.

Based on the level of password security and the intricacies of the database structure, Lifeblood believes that is extremely unlikely that an individual who is not specifically trained to use the laptop and who does not have a valid Lifeblood ID and password could access the information contained on it.

Since the discovery Lifeblood has implemented additional security measures to protect against future theft of property or donor information. These measures include more restrictive access to and continuous closed circuit monitoring of the areas housing the laptops, installation of software to allow remote tracking and erasure of the hard drives on laptops used on mobile drives, and additional programming to prevent full Social Security numbers from being downloaded to mobile laptops.

The Memphis Police are assisting with the investigation, and a reward is being offered for return of the computers or for information that leads to their return. Anyone with knowledge about the missing laptops should call Memphis Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH (901-528-2278).

Individuals who are concerned that their personal information may have been on the laptops are encouraged to take precautionary credit protection measures such as placing fraud alerts on their credit reports.
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