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Radisson breach affects N. American guests

August 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Associated Press has an item about Radisson Hotels & Resorts notifying guests of a breach that involved their credit card numbers. And I see that on Radisson’s site, they have posted a letter to guests:

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Finance company identifies 294 recipients of non-payment legal threat

August 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A finance company has disclosed the email addresses of 294 customers that it says are behind in their repayments to the firm. The company emailed the customers but did not hide the addresses of everyone it contacted.

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Audit of Dept of Energy reveals unaddressed problems

August 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Energy and its contractors store and process massive quantities of sensitive information to accomplish national security, energy, science, and environmental missions. Sensitive unclassified data, such as personally identifiable information (PII), official use only, and unclassified controlled nuclear information require special handling and protection to prevent misuse of the inf...

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Stolen NY Life Insurance laptop had customer info

August 14, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

For the second time in as many months, New York Life Insurance is notifying customers of a data breach. In the newest incident, a laptop containing unencrypted customer information was stolen from an employee’s vehicle in a “smash and grab.”

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Hackers strike UC Berkeley again

August 12, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Hackers have struck again at UC Berkeley computers, this time at the Graduate School of Journalism, nabbing a possible 493 social security numbers.

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Whistleblower lawsuit against Kaiser (updated)

August 10, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

At a time when concerns about the privacy and security of electronic health records are a hot topic and the issue of private vs. public health insurance is making the front pages, a lawsuit filed by a former Kaiser employee alleges that Kaiser knowingly and repeatedly violated HIPAA, exposed millions of members to identity theft, and ripped members off by not keeping track of deductibles and co-pa...

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Security Religions and Risk Windows

August 09, 2009 from: Jeremiah Grossman's Blog

Information security threats are way up, fraud losses continue to rise, regulatory fines are increasingly common, and budget dollars to solve the myriad of problems are in short supply. Hampered by a sluggish economy, organizations simply cannot afford to hire all the talent they need, implement every best-practice, or buy every blinking light widget out there. Sacrifices are unavoidable, risk mus...

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Mozilla shuts Firefox e-store after security breach

August 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Mozilla shuttered its online store late Tuesday after finding out that the firm it hired to run the backend operations of the company’s e-tailing business had suffered a security breach.

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Personal data mishandled at Commerce Dept.

August 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The names and Social Security numbers of at least 27,000 Commerce Department employees were exposed to a risk of identity theft following an inappropriate transfer of the personal information in mid-July, according to a letter sent to department employees last week.

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TNCC computer tech says access now cut off

August 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Last week, the Daily Press reported that a former part-time computer help desk technician at Thomas Nelson Community College claimed that he had been laid off almost three weeks earlier, but that he still had computer access to the records and Social Security numbers of every student in the Virginia Communit...

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Last conspirator in $5 million fraud ring sentenced

August 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that all seven conspirators have now been sentenced for stealing more than $5 million through a fraud scheme involving identity theft and credit card, bank and mortgage fraud.

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SSA employee convicted for unauthorized access to govt computer

August 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Roberto Rodriguez, 54, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was convicted by a jury on July 29, 2009 of seventeen counts of exceeding his authorized access to a government computer. Rodriguez is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9, 2009, before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch.

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Clarence employees criticized in audit

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Clarence High School [Buffalo, NY] principal and other district employees repeatedly used district computers for personal use, the state comptroller’s office said.

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McAfee keeps leaked details to itself

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

McAfee is yet to confirm with delegates to its recent Strategic Security Conference that their details were leaked in a bulk email, as reported on iTnews yesterday.

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Clampi Trojan stealing online bank data

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Hundreds of thousands of Windows computers are believed to be infected with a Trojan called “Clampi” that has been stealing banking and other login credentials from compromised PCs since 2007, a security researcher said on the eve of the Black Hat security conference.

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Carrell Clinic guard indicted

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A federal grand jury in Dallas has returned an indictment charging an Arlington, Texas, man, who worked as a contract security guard at the Carrell Clinic on North Central Expressway in Dallas, with felony offenses related to his compromising and damaging the hospital’s computer system, announced Acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Jesse William McGraw, a/k...

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