April 2006

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Personal Data lost for 17,000 LIRR workers

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Backup tapes containing sensitive data were stolen out of a delivery van early this month.

A Boston-based company that stores records for the Long Island Railroad lost personal data including Social Security numbers for about 17,000 of the transit agency’s current and former employees, apparently while the information was being delivered by a driver in New York.

New York police on Thursday said the loss also involved data tapes belonging to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the loss was reported by the driver while his van was parked outside a VA hospital in the Bronx.

Source: MSN

Written by MCruz on April 27th, 2006 with no comments.
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Data Breach at the University of Texas – Austin

The personal data breach, the university’s second in three years, included some Social Security numbers and “possibly other biographical data,” according to a statement. It was announced over the weekend that someone had broken into the McCombs School of Business computer systems. They were able to access a database of approximately 197,000 records.

An investigation has determined that information from the business schoolís computer system was obtained as early as April 11, including some Social Security numbers and possibly other biographical data, including those of alumni, faculty, staff and current and prospective students of the business school as well as corporate recruiters.

School officials are working with authorities to determine the extent of the breach. “It is our highest priority to notify those who may be affected by this security breach,” said William Powers Jr., the university’s president. “We have notified the attorney general and his Internet enforcement unit and are doing everything we can to protect those whose information has been accessed unlawfully.”

Source: UTA School of Business

Written by MCruz on April 24th, 2006 with no comments.
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University of Southern California Website Hacked

A San Diego man was charged for hacking into the USC application system. He was able to access confidential information of students wanting to attend USC. The database contained Social Security numbers and birthdates of more than 275,000 applicants from 1997 to the present.

Source: North County Times News Service

Written by MCruz on April 21st, 2006 with no comments.
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Rise in Spending for Data Security

The growing incidents of data theft has forced businesses to start spending more on protecting their data. The reputation of businesses are now at stake. Losing confidential customer data can be a big PR nightmare for the company.

For companies, data loss can be expensive. When customer data is stolen or misplaced, it can cost businesses more than $90 per exposed account counting legal expenses, clean up and recovery, and communications costs, said Gartner. And that’s not counting the damage to the comapanies’ reputations from the public disclosure of the loss.

Read more about what businesses are doing to help address this issue at the Red Herring.

Written by MCruz on April 18th, 2006 with no comments.
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Bank not responsible when they lost customer data

Unbelievable. News.com reports a ruling in the courts of Minnesota – since personal information was not abused by thieves who had stolen a laptop – Wells Fargo is not liable for negligence. The laptop contained unencrypted customer information including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers.

If the banks will not take extra precautions to safeguard your data (like encrypting it), then it is up to the informed consumer to do business with financial institutions who value their customerís confidential data.

Written by MCruz on April 14th, 2006 with no comments.
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Customers of Ross-Simons are Exposed

Ross-Simons cardholder’s confidential financial information are affected by this breach.

Here is what is known:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ross-Simons, which sells specialty merchandise through retail stores and more than 60 million catalogs each year, late on Tuesday said a security breach could allow unauthorized access to its customers’ confidential financial information.

The company — whose products includes jewelry, gifts and home decorative merchandise — said the data breach has potential to harm individuals who had applied for its private label credit card.

Although the security snafu has been identified and corrected and the matter is under investigation, Ross-Simons said it may have exposed the private label credit card numbers and other personal information of those that had applied for the cards.

Customers can contact Ross-Simons through this notice on their website.

Source: Reuters

Written by MCruz on April 13th, 2006 with no comments.
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