June 2006

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Stolen VA Laptop Found

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Interesting turn of events.  The stolen laptop with personal data of over 26 million veterans was just recovered.  There is no indication of how it was found.

A missing laptop and hard disk containing personal data on over 26.5 million veterans has been recovered, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson announced this morning.

“The investigation continues to see whether or not this information has been compromised in any way,” or whether copies of the data have been made, Nicholson said just before a scheduled hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He later said that initial FBI forensics tests indicate the data on the laptop and disk has not been improperly accessed.

Nicholson said he was informed that the missing laptop and disk had been found just before the hearing was to start.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on June 29th, 2006 with no comments.
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Minnesota Taxpayers’ Data Missing

About 50,000 Minnesota taxpayers should be on alert for identity theft for the next few months. A server backup tape has been missing for more than a month. Oregon taxpayers had a similar incident a few days ago.

A server backup tape was lost containing Social Security numbers and other information for 2,400 individual taxpayers and identifying information on 48,000 businesses. The tape was sent in a package along with three checks totaling $2,400 and some interoffice correspondence.

Source: MN Public Radio

Written by MCruz on June 28th, 2006 with no comments.
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Navy Personnel Data Found on Web Site

A public website has exposed personal information pertaining to approximately 28,000 active duty naval personnel.  The information was stored on five spreadsheet which has since been removed from the site.

The Navy found personal data, including social security numbers, for approximately 28,000 active duty sailors and their family displayed on a civilian Web site earlier this month.

According to a Navy press release, the Chief of Naval Personnel was notified June 22 of the posting that included five spreadsheets that contained names, birth dates and social security numbers of active-duty sailors.


Source: FedNews Online (Thank you Patricia!)

Written by MCruz on June 26th, 2006 with no comments.
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Laptop Theft Exposes SFSU Students

San Francisco State University (SFSU) students should be on alert for identity theft. A faculty member’s car was broken into and a laptop containing 3,000 current and former student information was stolen.

The personal information included individuals’ names, full social security numbers for some students, partial social security numbers for others, and, in some cases, phone numbers or grade point average (GPA). No financial information such as credit card numbers was included on any of the student records on the laptop.

Source: SFSU

Written by MCruz on June 23rd, 2006 with no comments.
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Agriculture Dept. Computers Hacked

Current and former employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are at risk for identity theft. A hacker had gained unauthorized access into the system early June.

The personal identity information potentially accessed includes individual’s names, social security numbers, and photos. Worksite information that is readily available to the public is also contained within the database. Approximately 26,000 current and former Washington, D.C. area USDA employees and contractors are potentially affected.

More information about what to do if you are affected can be found on this site.

Source: USDA Press Release

Written by MCruz on June 22nd, 2006 with no comments.
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Equifax Employee Data At Risk for Identity Theft

A laptop containing Equifax employee names and Social Security numbers was stolen from a worker traveling in London.

The May 29 theft affects nearly all of the Atlanta-based company’s nearly 2,500 U.S. employees, aside from those hired in roughly the last two months, spokesman David Rubinger said.

Personal data of millions of consumers who obtain credit scores from Equifax were not compromised, Rubinger said. Equifax employs about 4,600 people worldwide.

Source: Washington Post

Written by MCruz on June 21st, 2006 with no comments.
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