November 2006

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Social Security Numbers Exposed in Chicago School Mailing

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A printing contractor for the Chicago Public Schools said Sunday that it mistakenly mailed a list of names, Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 1,740 former school employees as part of a packet of health-insurance information to them.

Broadview-based All Printing & Graphics Inc., which was hired to print, stuff and mail the packets, said it did not realize an e-mail from the Chicago Public Schools contained the personal data. The e-mail requested that the company send open enrollment information to former employees still receiving health-care coverage through the schools.

School officials encouraged anyone with concerns to call 773-553-2820 or e-mail them at
Source: Chicago Tribune

Written by MCruz on November 27th, 2006 with no comments.
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Starbucks Loses Employee Data

Current and former Starbucks employees’ personal data were lost in two missing laptops.

Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee retailer, said Friday that laptops containing the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 60,000 current and former employees are missing.

The company said it has been unable to find four out-of-use laptops at its Seattle headquarters, a nine-floor building in the Sodo area. Two of those computers had personal information on employees hired prior to Dec. 31, 2003, said Valerie O’Neil, Starbucks spokeswoman. She did not know what information was on the other two computers.

The company has setup a web site for anyone who needs additional information.
Source: Seattle Times

Written by MCruz on November 5th, 2006 with no comments.
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Security Breach Week Roundup – 11/03/06

This week’s top stories:

Thanks to Patricia for sending me most of these links!

Written by MCruz on November 2nd, 2006 with no comments.
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1.4 million Coloradans At Risk to Identity Theft

A computer was stolen from a Colorado state contractor who works for Affiliated Computer Services. It had data of people who have made child support payments in the state.

It also holds data on up to nearly a (M) million Coloradans newly hired to jobs anywhere in the state. The law requires employers check data on all new employees against a state database to make sure the employee isn’t being sought for child support payments.

According to department spokesperson Liz McDonough, the stolen computer contained records of 500,000 people paying or receiving child support in Colorado as well as the records of 900,000 new employees who got jobs in Colorado or elsewhere in the last seven to eight months.

Source: KSWO-TV (via AP) &

Written by MCruz on November 2nd, 2006 with no comments.
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