Exposure

TX: Dumpster diver finds old medical records

Jessica Willey reports: It is information no one would want scattered on papers in a parking lot, much less thrown away in a dumpster for anyone to find. Medical records were found behind a 99 Cents store in southwest Houston putting people’s identities at risk. “This has got Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers. That’s...

Thief steals Continental Airlines laptop with biometric and other personal data

Sometime between December 31 and January 2, a laptop was stolen from a locked Continental Airlines’ office in Newark. The laptop contained personal information on employees, vendors, and new hire candidates. The laptop, which was used for background security checks, contained confidential files on 230 individuals, including their names, Social Security numbers, fingerprint images,...

The World Bank’s Data Breach, And Its Sorry Follow-Up

Bob Evans reports: The World Bank (annual IT budget about $250 million) has been hit by a range of data breaches, at least one of which involved info belonging to staffers. So a corporate guy overseeing IT has sent a flaccid memo to the whole organization. Take a look at the memo and ask...

GA: Personal Documents Found Stashed Behind Coweta Co. Store

More than a week after a Circuit City store closed its doors, employees found personal documents stashed behind the building. Investigators were trying to determine if anyone else saw the customers’ information. The accompanying video indicates that there were “boxes and boxes” of service contract papers that contained customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, type...

JP: Info on 110,000 students leaked

Personal information containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and bank account numbers used for paying tuition on all 110,000 students enrolled in Kanagawa prefectural senior high schools in fiscal 2006 was leaked–and remains–on the Internet because the involved parties have been unable to get it removed. Last September, the board of education received a fax...