Anheuser-Busch laptops stolen

Aug. 5, 2008
More than 90,000 people affected nationwide


More than 90,000 people nationwide have been affected by the theft of laptops with personal information about current and former employees of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

A letter sent by the St. Louis-based brewer to the Florida Attorney General's Office said the laptops, stolen in June, contained personal information on nearly 87,500 residents, including current and former employees, and more than 3,000 people involved in employee assistance programs, either as recipients or providers.

In all, residents in five states are involved.

More than 4,500 people in Virginia and New Hampshire are also affected, according to reports from the offices of their attorneys general.

The missing data included Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth and other information, according to the Florida letter, which was given to The Associated Press by the Florida Attorney General's Office.

Anheuser-Busch has declined to say how many people were involved or in how many states. But offices for attorneys general in a total of five states have confirmed either they or their residents were notified of the thefts. The states involved are: Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia, Missouri and Texas.

Anheuser-Busch said Friday that personal information for current and former employees was missing after the theft of several laptops from one of its office buildings in the St. Louis area, where it has its headquarters.

The company, the maker of Bud Light and Budweiser, said at least one of those laptops contained data on current and former employees, dependents and some people involved in employee assistance programs. All the data was password-protected and encrypted and there had been no evidence that the data was used in any identity theft crime, the company has said in the letters being sent out.

The people affected are being offered one year of free credit monitoring service.

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