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Northwestern Student and Applicant Data Exposed Online

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Northwestern University is attempting to contact about 4,000 students and applicants after it was discovered that files containing their personal information had become available online, the school said Friday.

The personal information was stored on a computer at the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences, the school said in a statement. The names and other data were for people who attended or applied to the program from 1991 to 2007.


Written by MCruz on June 3rd, 2007 with 1 comment.
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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.
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Written by MCruz on April 22nd, 2007 with no comments.
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Toyota Plant Theft Exposes Job Applicants to Identity Theft

About 1,500 job applicants’ personal information was stored in a laptop computer belonging to a contractor. The laptop was stolen from a secured locker at the Toyota plant in San Antonio, TX. Totoya officials speculate that the target of the theft was for the equipment and not the valuable data inside which had names and Social Security numbers.

The laptop belonged to an independent contractor who was testing people applying for jobs at the plant, officials said. The computer was stolen after-hours. Toyota officials were sending out notices to people whose information may have been compromised.

If you received notice about this breach, please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

Source: San Antonio News

Written by MCruz on August 4th, 2006 with no comments.
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Northwestern University Applicants’ Data Breach

About 17,000 Northwestern University applicants will be receiving notifications through emails and letters that their information may have been accessed by hackers.

Officials realized in May that hackers had access to names, addresses and Social Security numbers stored on nine desktop computers, and they have spent the last two months investigating the incident. The security breach happened after troubleshooting software, which allows technical support staff to access computers remotely, was installed on the computers.

What to do?
Anyone affected by this incident can call 888-209-0097 or e-mail: university_enrollment[at]
Update: Additional information about the breach can be found on Northwestern’s site.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Written by MCruz on July 15th, 2006 with no comments.
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Missing Laptop with IRS Employee and Applicant Data

An Internal Revenue Service employee lost a laptop containing personal information belonging to 291 workers and job applicants.

The IRS’s Terry L. Lemons said the employee checked the laptop as luggage aboard a commercial flight while traveling to a job fair and never saw it again. The computer contained unencrypted names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and fingerprints of the employees and applicants, Lemons said. Slightly more than 100 of the people affected were IRS employees, he said. No tax return information was in the laptop, he said.

Here’s a tip: do not check in your laptop. Keep it with you as carry-on luggage on the plane!

Source: Washington Post

Written by MCruz on June 8th, 2006 with no comments.
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