Absolute and Ponemon Institute Study Shows Many Employees Undermine Traditional Data Breach Prevention Strategies

From the press release: Absolute(R) Software Corporation and the Ponemon Institute today announced the findings of a new study on the use of encryption on laptops by employees within corporations in the U.S. The study, “The Human Factor in Laptop Encryption: US Study,” revealed that more than half (56%) of business (non-IT) managers polled,...

WA: Customers’ data stolen from store

Checking account and credit card numbers of customers who shopped at the Spokane Valley Northwest Bedding store Friday and Saturday were stolen over the weekend, officials said. No signs of forced entry to the business at 14102 E. Sprague Ave. were found. Northwest Bedding’s alarm system notified police about 6 p.m. Saturday, Reagan said....

AL: Nursing assistant wanted for ID theft of nursing home resident

Lynne Jones reports: Authorities are looking for a former nursing home worker after an 98 year old resident’s identity was stolen. Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Identity Theft Unit believe Jacqueline Anne Lumpkin, 48, of Birmingham used the stolen identity to obtain more than $5,000 dollars worth of goods and services. Three...

MS: Credit card fraud suspects sought

From the please-retrain-the-employees-dept: Metro Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for tips leading to the location and arrest of two suspects involved in several credit card purchasing scams committed in the Hattiesburg area – the most recent on Jan. 5 at Hattiesburg Cycles in the 6400 block of U.S. 49. Suspects entered the...

Ca: Five more arrested in debit card ring

Alex Cooper reports: Durham Region police arrested five more men yesterday in connection with a debit card skimming ring that has been operating in the Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal areas, police said today. At the bail hearing Dec. 3, five more suspects — who attended court to support the seven accused — were...

OH: CCS Employees’ Personal Info Found During Police Raid

Columbus City Schools experienced a security breach, resulting in employees’ Social Security numbers being at risk. A raid conducted by Columbus police Thursday turned up the Social Security numbers of 80 to 100 CCS employees, NBC 4‘s Lauren Diedrich reported. The information was part of a mailing that appears to have been intercepted while...

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...

HK: Gov’t staffer might have left confidential data on bus

Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is following up on a possible case of confidential data leakage recently, according to a local media report. A person reported to the department that a USB thumb drive that stores internal guidance for the Hawker Control Teams of the department and personal information of some hawkers...

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...

TX: HPD investigating massive credit card scam

Matthew Jackson reports: Huntsville Police began a massive investigation into an international fraud ring on Friday after arresting a Houston woman with more than 100 credit card numbers in her possession Thursday afternoon. In the vehicle, officers found more evidence of fraud. “In her vehicle we found several typed pages of credit card...