27,000 Kingston Online Customers Exposed

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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.


Written by MCruz on July 18th, 2007 with no comments.
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Employee Sells Personal Information

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.

[St. Petersburg Times]

Written by MCruz on July 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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TJX Data Theft is the Largest Hack Ever

I am never shopping at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls ever again.

A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information.

For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised — and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher.

This breach has already been tied to several identity theft crimes after a ring of thieves were arrest in Florida.

[Washington Post]

Written by MCruz on March 29th, 2007 with no comments.
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Colorado Springs Utilities Customer Info Stolen

Former employee arrested in ID theft scheme.

Colorado Springs Utilities says it’s not sure how many customers’ personal info may have been compromised following the recent arrest of a former employee in Arizona. 26-year-old former staff engineer Elizabeth Bischoff was arrested Wednesday, March 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona after trying to purchase a more-than-$90,000 car with a fake ID and stolen credit card, according to Scottsdale police.

Concerned customers can call Colorado Springs Utilities at 719-448-4800.

Written by MCruz on March 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hackers Enter Retailer’s Computer Systems

The TJX Companies Inc. has reported an intrusion to their computer systems which handles their customer transaction system. All major card brands accepted by TJX have been affected, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. The full extent of this breach is still not known.

The credit and debit card data of a large number of shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, and possibly in the U.K and Ireland, may have been compromised as the result of a hacking incident at The TJX Companies Inc. last month.

According to a statement issued today by the Framingham, Mass.-based retailer, the network intrusion took place in mid-December and involved systems used to process credit, debit, check and merchandise-return transactions at its TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores in the U.S and Puerto Rico.

Customers who have concerns about this incident may visit TJX’s site or call 866-484-6978.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on January 18th, 2007 with 2 comments.
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