When will people ever learn? I find the following statement dubious at best:
“The application was running on a temporary license,” the Fidelity spokeswoman said. “The license has expired. Since the expiration of the license, the scrambled data would be difficult to interpret, and generally unusable.”
Sounds like a lie written up for the media’s benefit. More than likely the laptop has been wiped and sold to buy some crack, but you never know. That laptop should have been totally encrypted, at the very least. At the most, figure out a way NOT to carry sensitive employee data on a portable, easily stolen laptop! With Internet availability today, when would you need to pack that much info on a laptop? I am assuming that this was a demo or benefits type of event for HP, but I really don’t know when or where HP would not have an Internet connection available. I would think Fidelity has a secure site to connect to for the needed information.
Oh well. They didn’t ask me.