AT&T temp charged with data theft

A temporary employee for AT&T was arrested today on charges she stole personal information on 2,100 co-workers and then pocketed more than $70,000 by taking out short-term payday loans in the names of 130 of them. Cassandra Walls, 25, of Chicago was indicted on 5 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of aggravated...

Canyons SD thumb drive missing

Canyons School District officials are investigating the disappearance of a thumb drive that may have contained the personal information of more than 6,000 current and recent employees. The flash drive is believed to have contained employee addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. A district-level worker was using it to transfer...

ID theft attributed to online public records

Some Pottawatomie County residents claim they are the victims of identity theft, and they believe it is the result of their Social Security numbers being visible online. At issue are mortgage and lease documents posted to a publicly accessible Web site. The documents were posted with social security numbers in view. Pottawatomie County...

LexisNexis warns of breach after alleged mafia bust

Information broker LexisNexis has warned more than 13,000 consumers, saying that a Florida man who is facing charges in an alleged mafia racketeering conspiracy may have accessed some of the same sensitive consumer databases that were once used to track terrorists. Lee Klein, 39, of Boynton Beach, Florida, was charged by the U.S. Department...

FL DOE loses loan promissory notes

Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat reports a breach involving the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance: The agency is notifying 475 student-loan borrowers that their financial records have been exposed to identity theft because the OSFA managed to lose 1,186 “promissory notes” that they signed when they were going to...