Northwestern Alumni Data Stolen

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A laptop computer belonging to Northwestern University’s financial aid office in Chicago recently was stolen, and the Social Security numbers of some alumni may have been compromised, school officials said.

In a letter dated May 11, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them one of the computer’s files contained their names and Social Security numbers.

[Chicago Tribune]

Written by MCruz on May 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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Johnston County Firemen On Alert for ID Theft

SELMA, NC — A stolen laptop in Johnston County has firemen on alert for identity theft. The computer contained the names and social security numbers of volunteer firemen in Selma.
Earlier this week, someone stole a laptop computer from Selma’s Water Treatment Plant. The computer was only valued at about $1,000, but some of the information on it could be priceless. That’s because it contained the names and social security numbers of Selma’s volunteer firefighters.

Source: News 14 Carolina Thanks for the tip Patricia!

Written by MCruz on January 5th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hackers Access UCLA Computer Systems

Officials at the University of California Los Angeles alerted about 800,000 current and former students, faculty and staff on Tuesday that their names and certain personal information were exposed after a hacker broke into a campus computer system.

A website has been setup for those affected by this breach. You may also call (877) 533-8082.

Source: CBS News

Written by MCruz on December 12th, 2006 with no comments.
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Social Security Numbers Exposed in Chicago School Mailing

A printing contractor for the Chicago Public Schools said Sunday that it mistakenly mailed a list of names, Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 1,740 former school employees as part of a packet of health-insurance information to them.

Broadview-based All Printing & Graphics Inc., which was hired to print, stuff and mail the packets, said it did not realize an e-mail from the Chicago Public Schools contained the personal data. The e-mail requested that the company send open enrollment information to former employees still receiving health-care coverage through the schools.

School officials encouraged anyone with concerns to call 773-553-2820 or e-mail them at
Source: Chicago Tribune

Written by MCruz on November 27th, 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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2.6 Million Circuit City Cardholders Exposed

Current and former account holders of the Circuit City credit card are being notified that their personal information was thrown out with the trash.

Chase Card Services said it mistakenly tossed out computer tapes with the personal information of Circuit City card holders. It said it believes the tapes, inside a locked box, were compacted, destroyed and buried in a landfill.

Chase said it has begun notifying customers and is monitoring affected accounts and has not identified any misuse of personal information. A free, one-year credit monitoring service is being offered to individuals whose social security number was on the thrown out tapes.

Source: Reuters Kudos to Patricia for the tip!

Written by MCruz on September 8th, 2006 with 2 comments.
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