Business Sector

Man who misused commercial database sentenced to prison

As a follow-up to a case previously noted here, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced that a Queens, N.Y., man was sentenced to 141 months in federal prison today for supplying Social Security numbers to members of an identity fraud ring. U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton also ordered Yomi Jagunna, 44,...

Laptop with some of Madoff victims’ data stolen

It just seems to get worse and worse for Bernie Madoff’s victims. Now AlixPartners, the court-appointed claims agent for the liquidation of Bemard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC reports (pdf) that in late July, a laptop computer of theirs was stolen from an employee’s locked vehicle. The laptop contained historical information from 1995 and...

Kansas woman pleads guilty to computer fraud

A Kansas woman  has pleaded guilty to stealing from her employer and damaging the company’s computer system in an effort to cover up the thefts. Barbara James pleaded guilty to one count of exceeding authorized access to a protected computer and intentionally causing damage to the computer system. In her plea, she admitted the...

Two exposure incidents

Karin Spaink, a Dutch blog that tracks breaches there, recently reported two breaches: In August, “Press agency GPD managed to allow Google to index its contact database stored on their intranet, thus releasing phone numbers of thousands of well-known Dutch people. Among those whose contact information was published, were the Dutch prime minister; politician...

CO: University Hill shops burglarized

Vanessa Miller recently reported two burglaries in the Boulder, Colorado area that involved personal data: Jones General Store reported a break-in and theft of customer credit card receipts and Root of the Hill, a business in the same building, reported theft and extensive vandalism. Receipts and boxes of the business’ tax documents were taken...