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Coca-Cola's Stolen Laptops Present A Pretty Big Problem

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In this Monday, July 15, 2013 photo, bottle tops of Coca-Cola 8 oz. bottles are shown in Doral, Fla. The Coca-Cola Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) | AP
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Coca-Cola said Friday that laptop computers stolen from its Atlanta headquarters held the personal information of up to 74,000 people.

The company has recovered the laptops and spokeswoman Ann Moore said Coca-Cola has no indication that the information on the stolen computers was misused.

Moore confirmed that the personal information on the laptops belonged mostly to employees or former employees of Coca-Cola Co.

Coke is sending letters to about 18,000 people whose names and Social Security numbers were found on the laptops.

The laptops also contained information on compensation, ethnicity and addresses.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the theft Friday, citing a memo sent to Coca-Cola's U.S. and Canadian employees.

Moore said that the company cannot provide further details on the thefts because there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

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