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Bits ‘n Pieces

In the justice system: The teenage hacker known as “Dshocker” was sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention center. More. In FL, Patrice Thomas is charged with opening a credit card in someone else’s name to obtain cosmetic surgery. More. In NC, Brenda Denise Small was indicted for filing false tax returns and...

NY: Former tax dept. employee charged with ID theft

Anand Balasar of the Legislative Gazette reports that an employee of the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance has been charged with using taxpayers’ information to apply for and obtain credit cards. The state is notifying 2,000 individuals. Note of June 20, 2009: the original article is no longer available at that url but...

Lost flash drive contains data on 5,500 Oklahoma employees

Jennifer Pierce of News6 reports that an employee of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission lost a flash drive with personal information, including Social Security numbers and payroll information, on 5,500 state employees. The employee had transferred the data to a flash drive after his laptop had become infected, and then lost the flash drive...