Jul 162014

Julie Ball reports:

Buncombe County school officials have alerted more than 170 employees after an envelope containing checks with their names and Social Security numbers was stolen and some of the checks were cashed.

The checks were mailed in March to ING, the financial services company, as contributions to supplemental retirement plans. Some employees contribute to what are known as 403(b) annuities.

Read more on Citizen-Times.

Jul 162014

Charlie Crossdale reports:

Data containing details on children who have attended a primary school over the past decade has been lost.

Ysgol Sant Dunawd in Bangor-on-Dee near Wrexham is appealing to parents of pupils, past and present, to get in touch over the potential loss of data, after a backup device containing the Schools’ Information Management System (SIMS) database went missing.

The device, which the school claim is ‘highly likely’ to still be on the premises, contains personal information of pupils and parents, and includes some details of card transactions from parents or guardians for school trips and cheque payments.

Read more on News North Wales.

Jul 162014

9News reports:

A stolen laptop containing sensitive data has caused a security breach for Douglas County Schools.

The district sent a letter to all of its employees recently stating the stolen computer contained some workers’ Social Security numbers and bank account information.

Read more on 9News.

And where was this laptop at the time of the theft? And why weren’t the data or the drive encrypted?

Jul 142014

Some former University of Illinois Chicago students were warned last week of a breach that left personal information, including Social Security numbers, publicly accessible.

A website security breach made two College of Business Administration documents from the 2002 spring semester accessible — a roster from a Special Topics in Accounting course and an advising list for all junior and senior accounting majors, according to a statement from the university.

The statement did not say how many students were affected, but UIC has not received any reports of improper use of data.

Read more on Chicago Sun-Times

Jul 142014

Dale Linder-Altman reports:

A laptop containing student and employee information was stolen from an Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College staff member’s office on Monday.

The computer contained files with the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of about 20,000 former and current students and faculty members dating back six or seven years, according to President Dr. Walter A. Tobin.

Read more on The Times and Democrat.