At least one Arlington school district employee has reported unauthorized financial activity after laptop theft

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School district officials said Thursday that they have heard from one employee whose financial information has been compromised since two laptops were stolen from the Arlington district’s benefits office last week.

However, district spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said, it was not known whether the unauthorized activity was directly related to the theft.

If other employees have noticed potentially fraudulent use of their bank or credit accounts, she said, “We encourage them to contact the district and let us know.”

The two laptops were stolen overnight May 27 and were noticed missing on May 28, Johnston said. On May 29, officials became aware that the laptops contained personal information on employees and some former retirees, and the notification process began, she said.

District employees received letters Tuesday that said, in part, the “laptop containing most of the data was encrypted, which would make it unlikely that the data was exposed. The second laptop was password protected.”

The letter also included information on how to reduce the risk of identity theft.

Email, which would have been faster form of communication, could not be used, Johnston said.

“We are required to notify them in a certain way,” she said. “It took several days to make copies of the letter and get them mailed out.”

Patrick M. Walker, 682-232-4674 Twitter: @patrickmwalker1

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