March 2007

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TJX Data Theft is the Largest Hack Ever

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I am never shopping at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls ever again.

A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information.

For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised — and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher.

This breach has already been tied to several identity theft crimes after a ring of thieves were arrest in Florida.

[Washington Post]

Written by MCruz on March 29th, 2007 with no comments.
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Fort Monroe Employees Exposed

A laptop computer containing the names, Social Security numbers and payroll information for as many as 16,000 civilian employees here was stolen from an employee’s personal vehicle, officials said Monday.

The computer was password protected and did not contain bank account or bank routing information, Army officials said. The employees all work at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, which has its headquarters at Fort Monroe.

[SignOnSandiego.com]

Written by MCruz on March 27th, 2007 with no comments.
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Colorado Springs Utilities Customer Info Stolen

Former employee arrested in ID theft scheme.

Colorado Springs Utilities says it’s not sure how many customers’ personal info may have been compromised following the recent arrest of a former employee in Arizona. 26-year-old former staff engineer Elizabeth Bischoff was arrested Wednesday, March 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona after trying to purchase a more-than-$90,000 car with a fake ID and stolen credit card, according to Scottsdale police.

Concerned customers can call Colorado Springs Utilities at 719-448-4800.
[KRDO.com]

Written by MCruz on March 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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Metro State College of Denver Student Data Stolen

The laptop computer was stolen from its docking station in the late afternoon of Feb. 28th from a Metro State faculty member’s office on the Auraria Campus.

The stolen computer contained roster information of 988 students enrolled in the faculty member’s classes from the beginning of the 1999 fall semester to the end of the 2002 fall semester. The stolen computer was password protected.

Concerned students can visit their website or call 1-866-737-6622 for more information.
[MyFox Colorado]

Written by MCruz on March 6th, 2007 with no comments.
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Gulf Coast Medical Center Loses Four Laptops

Four laptop computers with personal information and Social Security numbers on nearly 10,000 Gulf Coast Medical Center patients were stolen recently in two separate incidents, a company official said.

Three laptop computers were stolen from a car in Texas in November, Gulf Coast Medical Center spokesman Rod Whiting said. Those laptops contained the names and personal information of 1,900 patients.

Another laptop was taken from a car in Tallahassee in February. That computer contained the names and personal information of 8,086 patients, Whiting said. “The information is password-protected, so it is highly unlikely that any data was accessed,? Whiting said.

[Pensacola News Journal]

Written by MCruz on March 1st, 2007 with no comments.
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