Businesses still plagued by data breaches

An article by Jackie Noblett includes references to some recent breach notifications affecting Massachusetts residents that I do not recall ever seeing covered in the media:

  • Three separate breaches at State Street Corp. affecting 42 Massachusetts residents involved State Street employees accidentally sending personal information of a customer to the wrong client or financial adviser and a Web site glitch that disclosed account information to the wrong customer.
  • An outside attack on Lexington-based Scottish Rite Charities Web server that, unbeknownst to the nonprofit, held the credit card information of 481 customers, including 47 Massachusetts residents.
  • A criminal case involving a former human-resources employee of 1-800-East West Mortgage in Marlborough and Access TCA Inc. in Whitinsville who allegedly took employee data from both companies and e-mailed it to his personal e-mail account.

Noblett reports that the state received 807 breach notifications for the period November 1, 2007 (when its notification law went into effect) and October 31, 2009.

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