Exposure

K-STATE: K-State Identifies Computer Security Lapse

Kansas State University is notifying 45 students who were enrolled in an agricultural economics class in spring 2001 that some personal information was inadvertently exposed on the Internet through a K-State departmental Web site. The students whose information was affected were enrolled in AGEC 490 “Computer Applications in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness” during the...

MA: CityStage eyes credit card breach

Jack Flynn reports: A security breach involving CityStage’s computer system might have exposed credit card information of 60 customers on the Internet, theater officials acknowledged Tuesday. Cynthia J. Anzalotti, president of the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp., which oversees CityStage, said the breach was limited to customers purchasing holiday gift cards, and not patrons...

KR: GS Caltex cleared in data theft case

Follow-up to an incident originally covered on PogoWasRight.org: Prosecutors have cleared energy provider GS Caltex, two of its information managers and affiliate GS Nextation of allegations that they failed in their duty to protect personal information of more than 11 million customers. Five employees of GS Nextation, an insurance affiliate of GS Caltex, were...

TX: Personal data of about 500 Beaumont workers online

The AP is reporting that the personal information of about 500 current and former Beaumont city workers was accidentally posted online on the city’s web site on January 14. The information, which included dates of birth and social security numbers, was removed the following morning. The notification letter reportedly says that the incident happened...

NY: Personal info found littered on street

Eyewitness News made a stunning discovery on the streets of the Upper West Side Monday night. Scores of documents were found strewn on the street for anyone to pick up…. There were copies of bank statements, 401k statements, credit reports, tax returns and more driver’s licenses than we could count. The documents belonged...

U.S. Consulate Mistakenly Sells Secret Files in Jerusalem

Hundreds of files — with social security numbers, bank account numbers and other sensitive U.S. government information — were found in a filing cabinet purchased from the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem through a local auction. The files contained social security numbers of U.S. Marines and State Department employees stationed in Israel, and documentation...

NZ man finds US army files on MP3 player

A New Zealand man has found confidential United States military files on an MP3 player he bought at an op shop in the US. Chris Ogle, 29, from Whangarei, bought the player from an Oklahoma thrift shop for $NZ18 ($A14.50), and found the files when he hooked it up to his computer, TV One...

Patient data stolen in Japan

Ten patients’ personal information has been lost after a sales vehicle containing a set of documents was stolen from a car park. Details of the physicians looking after the patients are also missing, along with the name, date of birth, age, gender, blood test data and questionnaire sheets detailing reactions to medications of the...

UK: Fraud expert uncovers security breach at Lloyds TSB

James McCarthy reports: A fraud expert was shocked to receive a confidential letter from a major bank – complete with the private account details of 14 other customers. Anne Gwilliam said that when she phoned Lloyds TSB to alert them, the operator told her the gaffe was a “major security breach” and promised someone...

FTC Says Mortgage Broker Broke Data Security Laws: Dumpster Wrong Place for Consumers’ Personal Information

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a mortgage broker with discarding consumers’ tax returns, credit reports, and other sensitive personal and financial information in an unsecured dumpster, in violation of federal law. According to the FTC, in December 2006, approximately 40 boxes containing consumer records were found in a publicly-accessible dumpster. The records included...