May 2007

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Northwestern Alumni Data Stolen

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A laptop computer belonging to Northwestern University’s financial aid office in Chicago recently was stolen, and the Social Security numbers of some alumni may have been compromised, school officials said.

In a letter dated May 11, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them one of the computer’s files contained their names and Social Security numbers.

[Chicago Tribune]

Written by MCruz on May 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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Georgia Parents’ Vital Records Found in Trash

The state is warning parents of 140,000 babies that some of their personal and medical information has been exposed because of a security lapse.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources mailed letters Wednesday to the parents of infants born in the state between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, saying records containing their Social Security numbers and information about their medical histories were improperly discarded.

A spokesperson explained that for about a year someone was not shredding the supplemental forms parents are asked to fill out which are used for public health analysis. In the mailed letters, parents are urged to closely monitor their own credit.

Written by MCruz on May 18th, 2007 with 1 comment.
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IBM Employee Information Lost

The tapes went missing in transit from a contractor’s vehicle on Feb. 23 near the intersection of Interstate 287 and 684 — just a few miles south of IBM’s Armonk, New York, headquarters, said IBM spokesman Fred McNeese. “We’ve investigated the incident and concluded that the tape loss was inadvertent.”

The tapes contained sensitive information including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and addresses of current and former IBM employees. The majority of information was related to ex-IBMers, McNeese said.

IBM is currently offering one year’s worth of credit monitoring service to those affected by this incident. There were a few tapes that were not encrypted.

Written by MCruz on May 16th, 2007 with no comments.
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University of Missouri Systems Hacked

Hackers gained access to 22,396 names and Social Security numbers, the University of Missouri announced Tuesday.

The names and Social Security numbers belong to people who were employed anywhere in the entire University of Missouri system in 2004, and only affects those employees who were also current or former students at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The hackers were traced to IP addresses in China and Australia. Anyone who may be affected by this incident may call the school at 866-241-5619 or 573-884-7222. There is also a university website where more information is posted. It appears that it is up to the individual to closely monitor their own credit and setup fraud alerts.

Written by MCruz on May 8th, 2007 with no comments.
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Chase Bank Garbage Exposes Customers?

There’s a video posted on YouTube of a person claiming to find unshredded personal documents belonging to Chase customers.

Are you a Chase customer? Watch this video to see how several New York City Chase branches carelessly threw out their customers’ information in the state with the nation’s highest rate of identity theft. Customers’ names, dates of birth, social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and account numbers were all found in publicly accessible trash left out on the curb by their city’s largest bank.

JP Morgan is currently investigating this allegation. It is important to note that the authenticity of the video is being questioned because the person who shot and submitted this video represents the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU and JP Morgan are currently locked in a labor dispute about the hiring of security guards.

Here’s the YouTube video:

Written by MCruz on May 3rd, 2007 with 2 comments.
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