Fruit of the Loom Security Breach

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

A security breach at Fruit of the Loom could affect many current and former employees of the company.

Personal information was accidentally released on the Internet by a third party service provider.

A Fruit of the Loom spokesman said the information leak impacts employees from several different plants throughout the country. None of those employees work at the Bowling Green plant.

Information Security Specialist, Joseph Kirkpatrick said this sort of thing happens to companies more than you realize.

"In 2006 there were so many data breaches that they happened at a pace of one every three days," Raveneye president, Kirkpatrick said. He said human error is typically the cause.

"A vast majority of incidents happen because of employee lapses and not so much the malicious hacker," Kirkpatrick said.

Since security breaches aren't uncommon among businesses awareness is a lot better than it use to be.

"It use to be that companies only were concerned about computer security but they've really broadened that to understand that it's the information they're protecting and that might be as simple as information lying on a desk," Kirkpatrick said.

When security breaches do happen, employees have every reason to be concerned.

"Once it is out there's no way to pull it back of course it's not on the Internet anymore but they question becomes how many people saw it," Kirkpatrick said.

The biggest fear is that the leaked information got into the wrong hands.

"These employees would be concerned that someone is using their social security number for I.D. theft purposes so an employee now would have to be watching their credit reports," Kirkpatrick said.

Fruit of the Loom couldn't comment on camera but did release the statement. Click here to view the statement in its entirety


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