Unauthorized Access

UK: Police officer denies data breach

A police officer has appeared in court charged with “recklessly obtaining information” from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary files about a woman – 96 times. Paul Meseg, aged 50, entered a not guilty plea when he appeared before magistrates in Plymouth yesterday. It is alleged that, while working in Tiverton and at stations in East...

NY policeman plunders US terror watchlist

Dan Goodin reports: A New York City Police Department sergeant has admitted he illegally obtained a name contained in an FBI terrorist watchlist and gave it to an acquaintance to use in a child custody case. Haytham Khalil, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge stemming from the unauthorized access and dissemination of information from...

Second Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Illegally Accessing Confidential Passport Files

A second former State Department employee pleaded guilty today to illegally accessing hundreds of confidential passport application files, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced. Dwayne F. Cross, 41, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in U.S. District Court for the District of...

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...