April 2007

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Laptop Theft Exposes Caterpillar Employees

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Caterpillar Inc. said late Friday that a laptop computer containing personal data on employees was stolen from a benefits consultant that works with the company.

[Spokesman] declined to say how many employees were affected. He said the majority are based in the U.S. and letters have been sent to notify them. Dunn said a call center is being established to take their inquiries.

[Forbes]

Update: The laptop was stolen from an Atlanta area repair shop on April 5th. The number for the Caterpillar call center is 800-699-8978 (M-F, 7am to 7 pm).

Written by MCruz on April 28th, 2007 with 4 comments.
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Security Breach Report for 2007-04-28

Written by MCruz on April 27th, 2007 with no comments.
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Neiman Marcus Employees at Risk to ID Theft

Specialty retailer The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. yesterday sent letters to nearly 160,000 current and former employees to tell them of a potential breach involving their personal data.

The letters were prompted by the theft of “computer equipment” from a third-party pension plan consultant working for the retailer. The equipment held the data now potentially at risk.

The data was contained in a file on the stolen equipment and included names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, and salary and other information.

[Computerworld]

Written by MCruz on April 25th, 2007 with no comments.
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USDA Exposes Personal Data on Website

The Social Security numbers of thousands of people who received loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been exposed for a number of years in a publicly available database, according to OMB Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit government watchdog organization.

Conceivably this could affect 100,000 people,” Bass said. “What is harder [to determine] is how far this goes back. It could be decades. It’s just that this is the first time it has been easily accessible to the public on the Web.”

Any USDA funding recipient with concerns may call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636) to obtain information on the free credit monitoring offer.
[PC World]

Written by MCruz on April 22nd, 2007 with no comments.
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OSU Staff Data Accessed by Hackers

Ohio State University said Tuesday that personal data of 14,094 existing and former faculty and staff members had been stolen by what appears to be computer hackers overseas.

Hackers penetrated a firewall protecting a network at the school’s Office of Research sometime between March 31 and April 1. The network contained the Social Security numbers, employee identification numbers and birth dates of 190,000 university employees, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said.

Anyone concerned about this incident can call the special hotline Ohio State established at: 1-866-515-9332. The school will be offering a year’s worth of credit protection via Equifax. More information about this breach can be found at the OSU’s Identity Alert Home Page.

[MSN Money]

Written by MCruz on April 17th, 2007 with no comments.
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2.9 Mil Georgia Residents Info Lost

A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 2.9 million Medicaid and children’s health care recipients is missing, Georgia health officials said Tuesday.

The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

[TimesRecordNews]

Written by MCruz on April 11th, 2007 with no comments.
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