Breaches


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UNC security breach less severe than feared

September 30, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A hacker who wormed into a UNC Chapel Hill computer server may not have gotten access to as much information as officials originally feared.

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IT security breaches In Canada more than triples in 2009

September 30, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

IT security breaches cost the average Canadian organization an estimated $834,000 in 2009 – a 97 per cent increase from the $423,000 reported by the study last year. Similarly, the average number of reported IT security breaches also increased 276 per cent to 11.3 per organization in 2009 – compared with an average of three in 2008.

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Hacker hits UNC-Chapel Hill study data

September 25, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A hacker has infiltrated a computer server housing the personal data of 236,000 women enrolled in a UNC-Chapel Hill research study.

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Study: 600K campus records hacked this year

September 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Computer hackers reportedly have stolen identifying information and credit card numbers from more than half a million — some 600,000 — college students, faculty, and alumni this year. This is prompting some campus IT officials to call for a “total overhaul” of computer security protocol.

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Commerce Bank replaces cards compromised in Heartland breach

September 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Dan Margolies reports that Commerce Bank in Kansas City is first replacing credit cards after a recent small wave of fraudulent activity was reported. The compromised cards were involved in the Heartland Payment Systems breach disclosed in January 2009.

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ID theft ringleader back in custody after 4 years on the lam

September 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The mastermind of an identify theft ring who fled after being sentenced for his role in the scheme to steal personal and confidential credit report profiles of thousands of customers of Weichert Financial Services, Inc. pleaded guilty today to failure to surrender to federal prison.

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Auditor: Bullitt lacked proper controls to prevent online theft

September 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Bullitt County [Kentucky] Fiscal Court did not have sufficient online banking controls in place at the time of the June online theft of $415,989, according to a report by the state auditor.

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Postal inspectors uncover MassMutual customer data during ID theft investigation

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (”MassMutual”) recently discovered that an insider had printouts of customer data that might have been used for fraudulent purposes.

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Digital Direct reports breach

September 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Chris Cooper of Bloomberg.com reports that Digital Direct, Inc., a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., had a breach of their e-commerce web site that resulted in the compromise of 52,000 customers’ credit card numbers.

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Lifelock loses another round in court

September 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Experian has issued a press release indicating that a federal court in California has denied LifeLock’s request to reconsider a ruling which found that LifeLock’s practice of setting 90-day fraud alerts on Experian and other credit bureaus was unlawful:

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5 men named in racket that netted $4m in stolen card data

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Prosecutors in Manhattan have named five additional men from Eastern Europe in an alleged scheme that pilfered $4m using more than 95,000 stolen credit cards.

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Two to plead guilty to fraud, HIPAA violations

August 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance announced that Isaac Earl Smith, 38, and Annetra Poole-Moore, 37, have agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes involving health care fraud, disclosures prohibited by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and aggravated identify theft.

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Biggest Breaches of 2009

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Linda McGlasson of BankInfoSecurity.com provides an analysis and commentary, based on ITRC’s statistics for this year.

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Gonzalez pleads guilty, sentenced to 15-25 years

August 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors filed in Boston on Friday, Albert Gonzalez would serve a sentence of 15 to 25 years after pleading guilty to a 19-count indictment. He would also forfeit some $2.8 million in cash, a Miami condo, a car and expensive frakelry.

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‘One Tree Hill’ actor admits role in ID scam

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Actor Antwon Tanner, a regular on the popular teen drama “One Tree Hill,” faces up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty in Brooklyn federal court today to illegally selling Social Security numbers for $10,000.

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Risky use of real data in application development

August 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Most organizations in the U.S. and U.K. put their sensitive customer and company data at risk during their application development and testing processes, according to a new study. 80% surveryed were hit by at least one breach in the past 12 months.

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