Exposure

ME: Printing glitch leads to ‘breach’

Betty Adams of The Kennebec Journal reports: Almost 600 people receiving unemployment benefits last week got direct-deposit information — including Social Security numbers — belonging to another person. Dick Thompson, head of the state Office of Information Technology, said the misinformation was sent out May 27 while the office produced material for the Department...

UK: Sensitive information sent to wrong address

Liam Sloan of Newbury Today reports: A blunder led to intimate details of vulnerable youngsters being posted to the wrong person. Worlds End resident Alayne Summers was shocked to receive a torn, wrongly-addressed envelope containing 100 pages of highly-sensitive information about troubled pupils applying for places at West Berkshire schools. The...

AU: Westpac ‘stuff-up’ puts confidential customer details online

Mark Hawthorne of The Brisbane Times reports: A security breach has allowed confidential Westpac shareholder information to be included in an official document published on the Australian Securities Exchange website. A document Westpac released to the ASX in March contains the security holder reference numbers (SRN) and holder identification numbers (HIN) of up to...

NZ: Police investigate alleged leak from DNA database

Police are investigating a claim an Environmental Science and Research worker has made an “inappropriate disclosure” from the national DNA profile databank. ESR said today a criminal investigation had started. “A staff member has been suspended pending the outcome of the police and internal investigations,” a spokeswoman said. The alleged security breach was the...