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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,...

Former Occidental Petroleum employees’ data in security breach

Through its attorneys, Occidental Petroleum Corporation notified the Vermont Attorney General’s office of a breach that was discovered on December 11th. A former employee in Tulsa “accessed and mishandled” personal information by emailing a spreadsheet containing information on former employees to a personal email account. The former employees’ data included names, addresses, birthdates, employee...

GA: Former nursing home employee arrested

Don Logana reports: A former nursing home employee is in jail tonight charged with elder abuse and stealing the identities of as many as 40 residents from nursing homes in the area. Thunderbolt police say Tamara Smith used her job as a certified nursing assistant to gain access to patients personal information. She is...

IN: Student arrested in Chandigarh for online fraud

A 20-year-old student has been arrested on the charge of using credit cards of other people for online shopping, a police officer said here Friday. The student of hotel management, Sahil Sharma, is the son of a senior Haryana government official. His mother is a leading architect here. Sahil was arrested late Thursday evening...

Woman jailed for American Express fraud

A 29-year-old former American Express employee has received a three year jail sentence after she was found guilty of paying for 121 luxury holidays with customers’ credit cards. For more than half a year, the woman booked holidays using the Platinum and Centurion cards of various wealthy American Express clients. She also took...

MD: Medical worker sentenced to prison in identity theft scheme

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Christel Ebony Norwood, age 32, of Ft. Washington, Maryland today to 30 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Chasanow also ordered Norwood to...

UK: Four found guilty of grants fraud

Four Nottingham people have admitted defrauding the government out of almost £42,000 in maternity grants. Lookman Agbolahan, 22, of Highurst Court, who led the scheme, was jailed for two years and three months. His girlfriend Victoria Gladstone, 20, of Nuthall Road, was given a suspended one-year jail term. Agbolahan got details from Department for...

OH: Postmaster Charged With Identity Theft

The United States Post Office is entrusted with getting mail to the intended recipient safely. Now the former post master of Bethel is accused of stealing a former employee’s identity. Jennifer Justice, of New Richmond, was indicted on October 22, 2008 for allegedly using someone else’s information to obtain credit cards and magazine subscriptions....

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...

UK: Sacked IT admin sentenced for hacking ex-employer

Dan Goodin reports: A British IT admin was ordered to pay more than £3,000 and given a three-months jail sentence after being accused of hacking into his former employer’s computer system so he could install spyware and delete emails. Julius Oladiran, 46, of South Norwood, admitted making a false statement and gaining unauthorized access...