Exposure

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...

SC: Ex-official alleges Clemson sold computers with private data

Tim Smith reports: A former Clemson University official suing the university alleges in court documents it sold surplus computers with confidential personal information on them and tried to conceal it from the public — allegations the school denies. Eugene Troutman, a former Clemson board secretary, alleges that when Clemson officials learned computers had been...

Vonage customer data on Google Notebook

With all the advice we see these days about hardening security, this might be a good time to remember the importance of both having stringent security standards written into any contractor agreements and actually monitoring compliance with any contracts or policies. A recent breach reported by Vonage serves as a useful example. On December...

Lehigh Hanson payroll data exposed on the Web

Building materials supplier Lehigh Hanson notified the New Hampshire Attorney General on December 8th of a breach involving employee payroll data. The breach began with a former employee downloading data to take with him to a new employer. The downloaded data, however, turned out to be more than just the forms and templates the...