Exposure

Pat Fitzgerald Boots One

In a remarkable screw-up, a Department of Justice official today accidentally distributed to the media a document containing the names of nearly 20 confidential witnesses interviewed during a federal probe targeting the operators of a fraudulent investment scheme. In announcing felony charges against two men for their roles in an alleged $15 million Ponziesque...

UK: Derriford Hospital’s data losses revealed

Confidential data from Derriford Hospital has been lost or stolen 17 times during the past two years, health chiefs have admitted. The theft of seven hospital laptops, patient blood results being sent to the wrong address and members of the public accessing sensitive files are among data problems recorded since January 2007. The hospital...

MW: Zain official in phone privacy breaches revealed

One I missed over the holidays. I think this is the first breach I’ve ever seen out of Malawi…. An official at Zain, Malawi’s second mobile operator has been exposed for invading the privacy of the network’s clients by secretly printing and making available data to Information Minister, Patricia Kaliati. The official, Francis Bisika...

AR: Discarded documents lead to worries

Mary Kincy Benefield reports: Aaron Janus of Russellville completed a Western Union transaction in 2007. The Boston Mountain Copper Company — which receives its mail at a post office box — contracted with Entergy for its electricity in August 2004. And the fee to send an international money order from the Four Seasons Market...

UK: Medical notes sent to a stranger

Medical notes of three Dudley patients have been sent in error to a stranger in the town prompting concerns over a government agency’s data security. Rod Phillips, 59, was told he was ineligible for a disability pension and took the matter to tribunal. He said he was alarmed to find three people’s medical notes...