Neiman Marcus Employees at Risk to ID Theft

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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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1.4 million Coloradans At Risk to Identity Theft

A computer was stolen from a Colorado state contractor who works for Affiliated Computer Services. It had data of people who have made child support payments in the state.

It also holds data on up to nearly a (M) million Coloradans newly hired to jobs anywhere in the state. The law requires employers check data on all new employees against a state database to make sure the employee isn’t being sought for child support payments.

According to department spokesperson Liz McDonough, the stolen computer contained records of 500,000 people paying or receiving child support in Colorado as well as the records of 900,000 new employees who got jobs in Colorado or elsewhere in the last seven to eight months.

Source: KSWO-TV (via AP) & 9news.com

Written by MCruz on November 2nd, 2006 with no comments.
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American Family Insurance Customers At Risk

Computer equipment containing customers’ Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers was stolen from an American Family Insurance agent’s office in Madison, WI.

It mailed letters to more than two-thousand customers alerting them to the theft at the office of an insurance agent.

It urges them to contact credit reporting agencies for information on identity theft protections.

The break-in was back in July. American Family spokesman Steve Witmer says it took the company a while to determine the contents of the missing computer and assess the risk.

Source: WBAY-TV

Written by MCruz on September 13th, 2006 with no comments.
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San Antonio Area Patients’ Info At Risk to Identity Theft

Several personal personal computers and laptops were stolen from a regional office operated by the Hospital Corporation of America. This affects patients at Methodist Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist, Northeast Methodist and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery hospitals.

During a break-in at an HCA regional office, 10 computers were stolen, which held thousands of files listing unpaid bills from Medicare and Medicaid patients for hospitals in eight states. The records were required for government reports. The computers were stolen from a secured building, protected by keypad lock technology and video surveillance. All required a password for access. An analysis is ongoing, but law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have launched an investigation of the theft.

Data on the stolen computers included some patient social security numbers, and in a small number of cases, codes used by the government to identify patient groups.

To find out if you are affected, visit the Hospital Corporation of America site or call (800)354-1036.

Source: WOAI San Antonio News

Written by MCruz on August 17th, 2006 with 1 comment.
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Yet Another VA Computer Missing

Personal information on 38,000 vets were stored on a computer stolen from a Veterans Affairs Department subcontractor.

Reader, John writes:

Veterans Affairs – Yes, again. A computer containing personal information on thousands of veterans has turned up missing. This time the computer was stolen from a subcontractor, Unisys Corp, who was working with the data to assist the VA with insurance collections. The computer contained names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, insurance carriers, billing information, dates of military service, and claims data that may have included some medical information on at least 5,000 veterans (and possibly up to 25,000). According to the VA the data was password protected but not encrypted. Of course password protected is meaningless, without encryption the data is vulnerable.

Other sources: Mercury News (Thanks John for the news tip!)

Written by MCruz on August 8th, 2006 with no comments.
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Lancaster General Hospital Doctors’ Personal Information Exposed

A personal computer was stolen from a Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) office on June 10th. Only doctor’s information was stored on the computer. It is believed the equipment was the primary target of the burglary and not the data. Nevertheless, hospital administrators have sent out notification letters to the doctors. The letter instructs physicians to watch their financial accounts and credit card activities for any signs of identity theft.

The letter noted that a “free-standing PC” was stolen from the office, which contained files listing doctors’ practice addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers, used “to verify accreditations and educational backgrounds as part of the credentialing process.”

A copy of the notification letter can be seen here.
LGH Notification Letter 1 of 2LGH Notification Letter 2 of 2

Source: Lancaster Online

Written by MCruz on July 28th, 2006 with 2 comments.
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