KR: Man who cloned star’s phone arrested

The head of a private detective agency allegedly involved in the cloning of actress Jun Ji-hyun’s cell phone was arrested yesterday. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, the suspect, identified by the last name Kim, 39, duplicated the actress’s cell phone at the request of Sidus HQ, Jun’s management company. Kim allegedly received...

UK: Home Office guilty of data breach

The Home Office broke data protection laws when a contractor lost a memory stick with information on thousands of prisoners, a watchdog has ruled. The Information Commissioner’s Office said the Home Office must also sign a formal undertaking to improve its procedures for protecting data. A PA Consulting employee left the stick in an...

First Data confirms: STAR Network not breached

Over on The Breach Blog, Evan was as confused as I was by Forcht’s Bank notification and description of the breach involving their customers’ debit cards. Forcht had written to its customers on Jan. 12: We have just been informed by our debit card processor, STAR, that a retail merchant processor’s information who housed...

PA: Woman used inside credit info for identity theft, police say

A former Allentown woman used inside information from the real estate company where she worked to help a Philadelphia man steal multiple identities in the Lehigh Valley and accumulate more than $100,000 in purchases and loans, state police at Fogelsville said. Carniola Santana, 24, who now has a New York City address, allegedly took...

Data Theft Hits Mainers

Fraudulent charges from Heartland breach were appearing between May 16 and August 19th. Tux Turkel reports: Hundreds of Maine credit and debit card holders appear to have been victims of a nationwide data theft carried out against Heartland Payment Systems, which processes cards for 250,000 restaurants, retailers and other businesses. Several Maine credit unions...

Credit card cloning on the rise

Special Agent Jerry Tirocchi of NCIS reports: Over the last few months, SUBASE command members have reported unauthorized credit card purchases on their personal credit card accounts occurring at retail stores and service stations throughout the country. None of the naval members were physically present in these states and all were in possession of...

UK: Fraud expert uncovers security breach at Lloyds TSB

James McCarthy reports: A fraud expert was shocked to receive a confidential letter from a major bank – complete with the private account details of 14 other customers. Anne Gwilliam said that when she phoned Lloyds TSB to alert them, the operator told her the gaffe was a “major security breach” and promised someone...

FTC Says Mortgage Broker Broke Data Security Laws: Dumpster Wrong Place for Consumers’ Personal Information

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a mortgage broker with discarding consumers’ tax returns, credit reports, and other sensitive personal and financial information in an unsecured dumpster, in violation of federal law. According to the FTC, in December 2006, approximately 40 boxes containing consumer records were found in a publicly-accessible dumpster. The records included...

UK: Hackers tried to steal hundreds of millions from bank, court told

David Brown reports: An international gang plotted to steal £229 million from customers’ accounts at a leading bank by hacking into computers, a court was told yesterday. A security supervisor smuggled two Belgian computer hackers into the London offices of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation by pretending that they were friends who had arrived for...