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...

UT: Local credit card numbers stolen

Matthew K. Jensen reports on a case where arrests have been made but there is still no explanation of how the thieves obtained the credit card data: Two men are in custody and under investigation by the FBI in an identity theft scheme that victimized 2,500 Cache County residents, Smithfield police officials said Wednesday....

Comments on Senator Feinstein’s bill, S. 139

Earlier this week, Senator Feinstein grabbed the privacy headlines when she reintroduced the same breach notification bill that she has introduced in every session of Congress for the past few years. Like me, the bill has not improved with age. S.139 is intended to provide a national “floor” on data breach notifications for breaches...

Mysterious credit card charge may have hit millions of users

Mitch Lipka reports: Several Internet complaint boards are filled with comments from credit card customers from coast to coast who have noticed a mysterious charge for about 25 cents on their statements. The charge shows up on statements as coming from “Adele Services” in Melville, N.Y. There is no business by that name listed...

GA: Personal Documents Found Stashed Behind Coweta Co. Store

More than a week after a Circuit City store closed its doors, employees found personal documents stashed behind the building. Investigators were trying to determine if anyone else saw the customers’ information. The accompanying video indicates that there were “boxes and boxes” of service contract papers that contained customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, type...

TX: Forest Hill council member victim of identity theft

Andrew Chavez reports: Police want to know how a Forest Hill city council member’s identity was stolen and used to cash fake traveler’s checks in Ohio several times over the past year. Ohio investigators say the man pulled the scam at least four times in the past year, netting about $600, said Capt. Gary...

JP: Info on 110,000 students leaked

Personal information containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and bank account numbers used for paying tuition on all 110,000 students enrolled in Kanagawa prefectural senior high schools in fiscal 2006 was leaked–and remains–on the Internet because the involved parties have been unable to get it removed. Last September, the board of education received a fax...

IE: Red faces as health records dumped in North

Ciaran Byrne reports: The Data Protection Commissioner confirmed last night that medical notes found dumped in the North clearly identify 16 Irish hospital patients. An investigation has been launched into how the sensitive notes came to be dumped in a laneway in Co Derry. The Data Protection Commissioner said the notes identify the people...

OK: County Posts Social Security Numbers Online

Thousands of Oklahomans’ Social Security numbers may be listed online for anyone to see and they don’t even know it. Pottawatomie County posts home sale and mortgage information on its Web site, but some home owners said the county is getting too personal about open records. “What the public needs to realize is, for...

Minnesota offers new controls on newborn blood tests

The Minnesota Department of Health announced new measures Friday designed to address concerns that a program of blood screening for Minnesota newborns could violate patient and family privacy rights. In a key step, the department will propose legislation this year giving it the right to keep infants’ blood samples for two years, as part...