Exposure

NZ: Massey University Experiences Serious Breach Of Security

The Massey University intranet system utilised by students from all across New Zealand, MyMassey, is under scrutiny after a severe breach of security left thousands of students able to access other people’s highly sensitive information. Rawa Karetai, President of the Albany Students’ Association, was one of the first students to notice this critical error:...

Met Life fax malfunction misdirects personal info

Metropolitan Life Insurance (Met Life) has notified (pdf) the Maryland Attorney General’s Office that for about two days in January, their electronic fax server malfunctioned after they had uploaded a software patch.  As a result, personal information on some customers — including names, addresses, and Social Security numbers — was misdirected to other fax...

NL: Bike locker codes – and bank account info – up for grabs

Karin Spaink reports: The personal details – name, home address, bank account, card number and unlock code – of the 50.000 people who have a subscription with OV-fiets, where they rent a bike locker at train stations, were available through the OV-fiets website. To retrieve personal data from the website, no password was needed,...

AU: Records found at tip

Peter Gardiner of The Daily reports that cardboard boxes of personal details containing identification records and financial statements of LJ Hooker Noosa real estate clients were found at Noosa’s main refuse tip. The former owner of the business insists, however, that he had had taken the necessary precautions to have the records properly recycled...

UK: Patients’ GP notes found in car

Shaun Lowthorpe reports that medical notes about 37 terminally ill patients were found abandoned in a used car owned by Philip Smith, a GP at the Beccles Medical Centre. NHS Yarmouth and Waveney is now investigating.