U.S.

Central Ohio Transit Authority employees notified their SSN disclosed

Debbie Gebolys of The Columbus Dispatch reports that more than 900 current and former COTA employees recently learned that their Social Security numbers had been sent to 51 health-insurance companies who were bidding on providing disability insurance to COTA. This was apparently not the first time this type of thing had happened. In 2006,...

Penn State: Employees alerted to possible security breach

From the CentreDaily.com: The Social Security numbers of employees working at Penn State Office of Physical Plant in 2000 may have been stolen. On Feb. 20, a virus infiltrated an administrative computer that contained more than 1,000 social security numbers of OPP employees, said OPP spokesman Paul Ruskin.

LA: Medical records discarded in trash bin

Chrissi Coile of KTBS reports that a large pile of medical records containing x-rays, MRIs, names, and Social Security numbers which were found discarded in Toney’s Eastridge Grocery’s trash bin were put there by Dr. Frederick Knight, who admits that it is not the first time he has done something like that. Police are...

University of Florida: “starting to have…. quite a reputation”

Nathan Crabbe of The Gainesville Sun reports that in addition to the breaches that recently made the news, UF has had four cases of ID theft resulting from breaches. During a committee meeting of university trustees at which they passed federal rules intended to prevent identity theft, UF Chief Privacy Officer Susan Blair described...