These days, you can’t even go two weeks without hearing about some kind of security issue. Today, we heard that Facebook payroll data was stolen.
The data consists of about 29,000 records, which was stolen from unencrypted physical hard drives. Someone apparently broke into a vehicle and the hard drives. On them includes data such as names, bank account numbers, salaries, equity details, and even the last four digits of their social security number.
While the theft took place on November 17th, it looks like the company didn’t alert employees until December 13th. In a statement to CNET, Facebook said the following:
“We worked with law enforcement as they investigated a recent car break-in and theft of an employee’s bag containing company equipment with employee payroll information stored on it.”
“We have seen no evidence of abuse and believe this was a smash-and-grab crime rather than an attempt to steal employee information.”
The people who were affected by this were on the 2018 payroll. For compensation, Facebook is now providing free identity theft and credit monitoring services. Thankfully, this seems to be more of a “smash-and-grab”, where people just go around stealing. They might not actually be interested in the actual Facebook Payroll data.