Energy Department System Hacked

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Contractors who worked for the National Nuclear Security Adminstration (NNSA) were contacted by phone today that their Social Security numbers and other personal information was stolen by a computer hacker last September.

Energy Department officials on Monday began contacting 1,502 individuals by phone to inform them that their Social Security numbers and other information may have been compromised when a hacker gained entry to a department computer system eight months ago.

Source: FoxNews Thanks Viv, for the heads up on this story!

Written by MCruz on June 12th, 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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Stop & Shop Employee Data at Risk

Former Stop & Shop employees are at risk for identity theft. A laptop containing their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers recently disappeared from luggage checked-in on an airline flight.

The laptop, owned by Ahold USA, contains sensitive personal information such as employees Social Security numbers. It never made it to baggage claim and is believed now to have been stolen.

Source: Hartford Courant

Written by MCruz on June 6th, 2006 with no comments.
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Missing Data – Wells Fargo Mortgage Customers

A computer containing sensitive information belonging to an unidentified number of mortgage customers went missing – possibly stolen last Friday. Details are still sketchy. The computer was being transported between Wells Fargo locations. Customers whose information was stored on the computer will be notified by May 30.

Update: Wells Fargo is offering a one-year free credit-monitoring subscription to customers whose personal information was on the missing computer.

The computer, which was being transported by an unidentified global shipping company between Wells Fargo locations, had names, addresses, Social Security numbers and mortgage loan account numbers of some Wells Fargo mortgage customers and potential customers.

Source: Pioneer Press

Written by MCruz on May 9th, 2006 with 1 comment.
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Laptop Theft Exposes Aetna Customers

An Aetna employee who was not following corporate procedures had lost a laptop containing data on 38,000 customers.

Health insurer Aetna Inc. said a laptop computer containing personal information on about 38,000 of its members was stolen from an employee’s car.

The data includes names, addresses and Social Security numbers, spokeswoman Cynthia Michener said Wednesday. No personal banking information or health claim data was on the laptop, she added.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on May 3rd, 2006 with no comments.
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Security breach at Ohio University exposes alumni data

The data theft exposes over 300,000 people and organizations. People who may be affected are urged to be on alert for any possible attempt to misuse their personal identity. The school has setup a site for those who need more information.

The breached computer system contained biographical information on more than 300,000 individuals and organizations, including the Social Security numbers of more than 137,000 people, according to university officials. The files did not contain credit-card or bank information.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, OH

Written by MCruz on May 2nd, 2006 with 1 comment.
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