About 3,000 Oahu postal employees received letters in the mail this weekend warning them that their personal information may be compromised.
The employees’ names, Social Security numbers and other information were on a laptop computer that was stolen in August.
Two computers stolen from Yale University last month contained the Social Security numbers of about 10,000 current and former students and about 200 faculty and staff members, university officials said Wednesday.
“As it explained in the notification letters, the university does not believe that this incident presents a significant danger of identity theft because the crime was almost certainly aimed at obtaining hardware for sale _ not at exploiting the data that were on the computers,” Yale said in a statement. “Moreover, both of the computers were password-protected, and one was protected by multiple password levels, which would require considerable computer savvy to bypass.”
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.
The names and Social Security numbers of all 64,000 Ohio state employees were stolen last weekend from a state agency intern who left a backup data storage device in his car, Gov. Ted Strickland said.
An additional review of data revealed that the storage device also held information on 53,797 participants enrolled in the state’s pharmacy benefits management program, as well as names and Social Security numbers of about 75,532 dependents, the governor’s office confirmed Saturday. Strickland has asked Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles to investigate.
More information about the incident can be found on the Ohio State Government website. Free credit monitoring will be provided to those affected by this breach through Debix Identity Protection Network.
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.
Hackers gained access to 22,396 names and Social Security numbers, the University of Missouri announced Tuesday.
The names and Social Security numbers belong to people who were employed anywhere in the entire University of Missouri system in 2004, and only affects those employees who were also current or former students at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The hackers were traced to IP addresses in China and Australia. Anyone who may be affected by this incident may call the school at 866-241-5619 or 573-884-7222. There is also a university website where more information is posted. It appears that it is up to the individual to closely monitor their own credit and setup fraud alerts.
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