Google has confirmed that all of its US-based employees hired prior to 2006 after its data was stolen in a recent burglary in an external company, Colt Express Outsourcing Services.
The burglary, on the 26 May this year, also affected other clients, including CNET Networks – who had 6,500 of their employees’ details stolen. The data contained names, addresses and social security numbers, and Colt did not put protection on the information.
Though there is no evidence that the data is currently being misused, the information is sufficient enough to create fake accounts and identities. The company is also reported to be in financial difficulty and could not help those affected.
Google is offering all affected and former employees a free one-year credit monitoring service. A similar deal were offered to CNET Networks employees.