Exposure

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...

MO: Students’ information leaked

Didi Tang reports: Sensitive personal information — including Social Security numbers — for 565 foreign students at MSU was leaked this month when a university office sent an e-mail message with the data inadvertently attached. The school is investigating the incident and will contact all international students, offering answers and options to guard against...