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US Postal Services misplaced CD with data on 4000 people

September 29th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss

Stop data lossA CD, as always not encrypted, but this time password protected, was lost in the mail in a US Postal Services mishap. The storage device in question contained personal details on over 4000 US Steel Mining retirees and their dependents. The resulting data breach exposed their names, Social Security numbers and birthdays.

Benefits Administration Services had mailed the CD in question back in August and by mid September it had not arrived at its destination, which led them to make the data loss public. The affected  provider of benefits administration services for the United States Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund is currently working with the US postal services to locate the missing CD, but hasn’t had much luck as of yet.

Of the 4000 affected individuals, about 1,700 retirees and dependents were from West Virginia. BAS had some good news to share, meaning that they have no evidence of any of the lost private records being misused up to now. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Data breach exposes 40,000 credit and debit cards

September 15th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft,security breach

A data breach occurring at the Vacationland Vendors arcade games in Wisconsin Dells effected 40,000 credic and debit cards. The incident was caused by hackers who gained access to the card processing systems of the Wilderness Waterpark Resort in the Dells and Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville. The breach only affected the arcade systems, those using their credit cards for other services, such as reservations, eating at the resort restaurants or shopping for gifts have not been affected.

According to Vacationland Vendors, the hack was discovered on March 22, but it is believed that all cards used between December 12, 2008, to May 25, 2011. The good news is that the 40,000 cards exposed, company officials believe only 20 were actually impacted by the breach.  Read more

Data breach roundup: Missing hardware

September 10th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,security breach

As data storage devices get smaller and easier to carry, the chance of them being stolen or lost goes higher. Thumb drives, laptops, computers, everything shrinks, while storage capacity grows exponentially, great for productivity, awful for unencrypted data. While laptops and USB sticks have always been the easiest to steal or lose, it does not mean that the old fashioned desktop computers cannot share in the same fate.

The result of the following incidents? Exposed data affecting hundreds or thousands, making them perfect targets for identity theft or fraud. Another thing they have in common? You guessed it, they are all part of the healthcare industry! Most of these data breaches can be prevented and it’s a rather simple process. But let’s move on to our list of incidents! Read more

Are Hackers Going to Be This Year’s Top News Item?

September 5th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft,security breach

We have recently written quite a few pieces on hacking, hacker-caused data breaches, and other such incidents. As we kick off the week and this first month of fall, more pieces of news along the same line come to our attention.

Two students hacked into the Birdville Independent School District’s servers and ran across a file containing 14,500 student names, ID numbers as well as social security numbers.

Borlas.net was also the playground of hackers. After managing to access their files, the hackers responsible for the security breach also leaked names, passwords, emails and phone numbers of nearly 15,000 registered users. Read more

A virus exposes private data of 3000 patients of an american clinic

An investigation inside the Living Healthy Clinic of Wisconsin, US has revealed the existence of a virus on a computer in the network that exposed 3000 patient records.

The experts have concluded that the attack was not targeted, as it was reported that the same type of virus was found on other computers in the US that had nothing to do with the clinic.

The information exposed after the attack included names, addresses, social security numbers and medical records of some patients.

The officials will announce the affected persons on the security breach and they will inform them on the measures to take to protect themselves.