A Louisville accounting firm’s laptop with names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of most E.On U.S. employees and some retirees was stolen last month in Chicago, according to letters to potential victims from E.On and the accounting firm.
Mountjoy & Bressler, the accounting firm, and E.On sent letters to potential identity theft victims about a week after the July 20 theft of the computer, which contained 2005 data. The data did not include addresses.
A September 2005 security breach that remained undetected until “recently” may have compromised the names, addresses and credit card details of roughly 27,000 online customers of computer memory vendor Kingston Technology Company Inc.
The Fountain Valley, Calif.-based company began sending letters to affected customers informing them of the incident last week.
According to a spokesman, Kingston’s IT team “detected irregularities” in the company computer systems at some unspecified point in time and — along with a team of forensic computer experts — began investigating the issues. It was not until after that probe was completed and a final report released on May 22 that Kingston could confirm the scope of the intrusion and its impact.
A check-authorizing company said Tuesday that credit, bank account and other personal information on 2.3-million consumers had been stolen, but none of the data were used for identity theft or other financial fraud.
The report from Fidelity National Information Services unit Certegy Check Services Inc., which is based in St. Petersburg, is the latest case of data theft that has troubled corporations, the federal government and universities. Fidelity National Information Services is not related to Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest mutual fund company.
Court documents filed in a civil case in St. Petersburg allege that a former employee, William G. Sullivan, sold the information to data broker Jam Marketing, which then sold it to several direct marketing companies.
About 2.2-million records stolen from Certegy contained bank account information, and 99,000 had credit card information.
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.
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:
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.
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).
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