May 2006

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Hackers accessed Frost Bank accounts

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About 100 Frost Bank customers’ Visa debit card numbers were used on a shopping spending spree. The database of an unnamed national retailer was recently breached. The system contained information belonging to several other banks, however, Frost Bank is the first to publicly announced the breach.

In a letter to affected customers, Frost said Visa had advised bank officials that Visa, MasterCard, and other debit and credit card numbers from banks across the country could have been compromised. Officials at Bank of America, Citigroup and Wachovia said they did not have enough information to comment Thursday.

Source: Express-News

Written by MCruz on May 19th, 2006 with no comments.
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Missing Data – Wells Fargo Mortgage Customers

A computer containing sensitive information belonging to an unidentified number of mortgage customers went missing – possibly stolen last Friday. Details are still sketchy. The computer was being transported between Wells Fargo locations. Customers whose information was stored on the computer will be notified by May 30.

Update: Wells Fargo is offering a one-year free credit-monitoring subscription to customers whose personal information was on the missing computer.

The computer, which was being transported by an unidentified global shipping company between Wells Fargo locations, had names, addresses, Social Security numbers and mortgage loan account numbers of some Wells Fargo mortgage customers and potential customers.

Source: Pioneer Press

Written by MCruz on May 9th, 2006 with 1 comment.
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Laptop Theft Exposes Aetna Customers

An Aetna employee who was not following corporate procedures had lost a laptop containing data on 38,000 customers.

Health insurer Aetna Inc. said a laptop computer containing personal information on about 38,000 of its members was stolen from an employee’s car.

The data includes names, addresses and Social Security numbers, spokeswoman Cynthia Michener said Wednesday. No personal banking information or health claim data was on the laptop, she added.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on May 3rd, 2006 with no comments.
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Security breach at Ohio University exposes alumni data

The data theft exposes over 300,000 people and organizations. People who may be affected are urged to be on alert for any possible attempt to misuse their personal identity. The school has setup a site for those who need more information.

The breached computer system contained biographical information on more than 300,000 individuals and organizations, including the Social Security numbers of more than 137,000 people, according to university officials. The files did not contain credit-card or bank information.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, OH

Written by MCruz on May 2nd, 2006 with 1 comment.
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