September 2006

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GE Employees Exposed to Identity Theft

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A GE employee loses a laptop from a locked hotel room early this month.

General Electric said on Tuesday that a company laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of 50,000 current and former employees was stolen in early September.

Source: News.com Thanks Mark for the tip!

Written by MCruz on September 28th, 2006 with no comments.
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Census Bureau Reports 1,100 Lost Laptops

The Department of Commerce has disclosed losing computers holding sensitive personal information.

More than 1,100 laptop computers have vanished from the Department of Commerce since 2001, including nearly 250 from the Census Bureau containing such personal information as names, incomes and Social Security numbers, federal officials said

Source: Washington Post

Written by MCruz on September 23rd, 2006 with no comments.
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Life is Good – Information Breach

The Boston retailer, Life is Good has notified its customers that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

The company today disclosed a security breach in which hackers accessed a database containing 9,250 customers’ credit card numbers. The company said no other personal information, such as social security or driver’s license numbers or dates of birth were included in the database and that all affected customers have been notified.

Source: The Boston Globe Thanks for the tip, John!

Written by MCruz on September 20th, 2006 with no comments.
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Berry College Student Data Lost

Officials at Berry College were notified late Monday afternoon that student information included on applications for need-based federal aid filed during the 2005-06 academic year has been misplaced by an external financial aid consultant.

This data, including student name, Social Security number and reported family income, involves 2,093 students or potential students who submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Berry in 2005-06. Of those, 1,322 are currently enrolled at the college.

More information about the data loss can be found on the school’s website.

Written by MCruz on September 20th, 2006 with no comments.
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Michigan Dept. of Community Health Data Theft

The Michigan Department of Community Health has notified over 4,000 former and current Michigan residents that they are at risk of identity theft. The MDCH is offering a year’s worth of credit monitoring for free.

A flash drive – a portable storage device containing names, current addresses, telephone, Social Security numbers and birth dates of the people participating in the study – has been missing from a secured floor in an MDCH building since Aug. 4 and is presumed to have been stolen, MDCH spokesman T.J. Bucholz said.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Written by MCruz on September 17th, 2006 with no comments.
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American Family Insurance Customers At Risk

Computer equipment containing customers’ Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers was stolen from an American Family Insurance agent’s office in Madison, WI.

It mailed letters to more than two-thousand customers alerting them to the theft at the office of an insurance agent.

It urges them to contact credit reporting agencies for information on identity theft protections.

The break-in was back in July. American Family spokesman Steve Witmer says it took the company a while to determine the contents of the missing computer and assess the risk.

Source: WBAY-TV

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