Exposure

D.C. Mistakenly Sends Out 2,400 Students’ Personal Data

Bill Turque of The Washington Post reports one of those email attachment errors that frankly, have been all too common. How about routinely sending a test email before sending the real one to check to see what people will be receiving? Would that be so darned hard to do? The District agency that handles...

TN: Improper records disposal leads to notification of clients

State Farm Insurance reported (pdf) that when they discovered that an employee of a Tennessee agent had improperly disposed of trash containing customer information, they decided to notify all customers of the Tennessee agent. They report that as a consequence of the incident, the agent changed their procedures to use a secured waste container...

Security breach exposes foster children’s data on the internet

On February 19, the National Center for Children and Families was alerted that some foster children’s personal information including Social Security numbers was exposed on the internet. An investigator hired by the agency tracked down the source of the breach: a family member of a former employee had inadvertently exposed the files via file-sharing...

NY: Law firm’s clients’ files left in dumpsters on NYC street

Veronika Belenkaya of The NY Daily News reports that the law firm of Frenkel Lambert Weiss Weisman & Gordon cleaned house by leaving six dumpsters stuffed with confidential case files out on the street. The firm represents clients such as Wells Fargo Bank, Papa John’s Pizza, and others in the banking and insurance industries....

UK: Sensitive data on eBay computers, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted a story from BBC about how patient data from two hospitals was found on hard drives being sold to the public. That same study by BT and University of Glamorgan also found corporate data. Channel4 News in the UK summarizes some of what was found. To excerpt from their summary as...