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Blood Donor Data Lost from Red Cross

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Donors from Texas and Oklahoma have reason to worry about identity theft. Another stolen laptop incident has personal information such as Social Security numbers exposed to crooks.

A laptop containing personal information from thousands of blood donors — including Social Security numbers and medical histories — was stolen from a local office of the American Red Cross, but officials said the data was encrypted.

The data included matching names and birth dates of donors from Texas and Oklahoma, as well as donors’ sexual and disease histories.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Written by MCruz on July 4th, 2006 with no comments.
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CPA Organization Loses Member Information

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has confirmed today that it had lost a hard drive containing personal data belonging to its 330,000 members. It had been missing since February. The data contained names, addresses and social security numbers – the perfect recipe for identity theft.

The hard drive had been accidentally damaged by an AICPA employee and was sent out for repair to an external data-recovery service in violation of the AICPA’s policies, said Joel Allegretti, a spokesman for the New York-based organization. It was on its way back to the AICPA via FedEx but failed to arrive. Allegretti did not say when exactly the drive went missing except to note that the package containing it was due back at the AICPA “toward the end of February.”

The group is offering a year’s worth of free credit monitoring services. More information about the incident can be found on the AICPA website.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on June 9th, 2006 with no comments.
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Red Cross Employee Terminated after Identity Theft Discovery

A telephone blood-drive recruiter for the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross was terminated last March, when four identity theft incidents were linked to her.

The former worker had access to 8,000 blood donors in a database she used in her job, all of whom were notified by mail of possible identity theft problems on March 17, according to the agency. But after the original warning letters went out, the Red Cross decided to expand the identity theft warnings to all 1 million donors in the Missouri-Illinois region because of concerns that she may have accidentally accessed other records in the larger group.

The former employee, 20-year-old Lonnetta Shanell Medcalf of St.Louis is scheduled for trial on June 19. Medcalf has been indicted on three felony counts of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two years in prison if convicted. She was also indicted on one count of credit card fraud with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.

Those who may have been affected by this incident should visit the site setup by the Red Cross for more information.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on May 26th, 2006 with no comments.
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