Breaches

CT: Social Security numbers, federal tax numbers released in error by Sparta Board of Education

July 02, 2010

Seth Augenstein reports: A local activist’s recent public records request resulted in some extra information — namely, some personal Social Security numbers, and some federal tax identification numbers. Jesse Wolosky, a well-known Sparta activist who recently lost a bid for a Township Council seat, put in a request for a list of vendors to the Sparta Board of Educa...

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Commentary: Is WellPoint blaming others for breach?

July 02, 2010

Steve Ragan has a statement from WellPoint that he posted on Tech Herald. While the company doesn’t deny that the actual cause of the exposure was a faulty security update, from there, it reads as if they are pointing fingers everywhere but at themselves...

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UK: Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen

July 02, 2010

More than 24,000 people in Hull and Leicester have had information about them stolen, it has been revealed. Training company A4e said the data was held on a personal computer of an employee which was stolen in “an opportunistic domestic burglary”. A4e said the laptop, that was taken on 19 June in London, did not contain banking or credit information. [....

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UMaine students who sought mental health services’ data compromised

July 02, 2010

The University of Maine police department is investigating a data breach of which has lead to the exposure of personal and medical information of almost 5,000 students between the summer of 2002 and this past week. According to a press release from the university, the servers which have been breached were the ones that stored information from the

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Ca: Confidential cemetery papers found dumped

July 02, 2010

Jenni Dunning reports: Residents are fuming after a cardboard box overflowing with personal information, including credit card numbers, was found outside a Hamilton cemetery yesterday. The discarded box [found "near a railway next to piles of broken tree branches and stinky garbage at the back of Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries' headquarters on York Boulevard"], about th...

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UK: Secret report on ContactPoint database found ‘significant risks’ to security

July 02, 2010

Martin Beckford and Heidi Blake report: A secret report on Labour’s controversial child protection database found “significant risks” to security. The official study, which ministers refused to publish for more than two years, disclosed that “residual” dangers remained in ContactPoint despite efforts to make the system safe. It pointed out that securi...

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NY: Going hack to school

July 02, 2010

Rebecca Harshbarger andYoav Gonen report: It was a technical foul. Hackers accessed the personal information of more than 2,400 Brooklyn Tech HS students and posted it on the school’s Web site, The Post has learned. The startling security breach put students’ names, addresses and birth dates — and, in many cases, their Social Security numbers a...

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OU Reports Virus, Security Breach

July 02, 2010

The University of Oklahoma is warning students about a security breach that may put their personal information at risk. The university said its Information Technology department noticed unusual Internet activity on a laptop computer associated with its network. It said it determined the computer belonged to an employee and was infected with a virus known as Zeus or Z-Bod....

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CT: RHS Computer Security Breach

July 02, 2010

The following is a letter from Ridgefield High School Principal Jeff Jaslow and Superintendent Deborah Low, dated June 21, that was dispersed in the high school’s PTSA e-blast on Monday evening. Dear RHS students and families, We are sorry to report that recently there was a security breach of our RHS computer system. The students involve...

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SC: Private Information Found In Greer Dumpster

July 02, 2010

WSPA in South Carolina reports that a consumer tipped them that a dumpster was filled with sensitive personal and financial information. The story doesn’t name the business, but the video coverage names it as Merrimack Mortgage:

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e-Banking Bandits Stole $465,000 From Calif. Escrow Firm

July 02, 2010

Brian Krebs writes: A California escrow firm has been forced to take out a pricey loan to pay back $465,000 that was stolen when hackers hijacked the company’s online bank account earlier this year. In March, computer criminals broke into the network of Redondo Beach based Village View Escrow Inc. and sent 26 consecutive wire transfers to 20 individuals around the wo...

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Canadian teen charged with hacking U.S. server

July 02, 2010

The Associated Press reports that a London, Ontario teen has been charged with hacking into a server in Colorado. Canadian police reportedly acted on a complaint from the sheriff’s department in Castle Rock, Colo. Police say the complaint involved unauthorized access and damage to a private server that contained sensitive data...

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IN: Card breach linked to national company

July 02, 2010

Kristin Maiorano reports: A local security breach with credit and debit cards has been linked to a national company. Lafayette Police detective B.T. Brown said the security issue affected the Camilles Sidewalk Cafe restaurants in the area. But Brown said the breach was strictly through Camilles’ parent company, Beautiful Brands International. “They [...

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