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Hacker hits NC community college system

December 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Patrons of North Carolina's community colleges may have had their drivers license and Social Security numbers stolen by a hacker.

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NC: Kids’ Social Security numbers on school postcards

December 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Wake County [North Carolina] school system accidentally sent out about 5,000 postcards with students’ Social Security numbers printed on the front, a mistake that angered parents and will cost the district nearly $100,000 to remedy.

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Senate Panel Clears Data Breach Bills

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved two companion bills that would require businesses and government agencies to notify individuals of security breaches involving sensitive personally identifiable information. Both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

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MA: Williams College laptop stolen; 750 notified

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Williams College in Williamstown reports a recent laptop theft. The laptop, which was stolen when an employee left it in a parked car in Boston on October 3, contained the names and Social Security numbers of 750 individuals from 39 states and several foreign countries.

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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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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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Website exposes sensitive details on military personnel

September 08, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Programming errors on a website that helps commuters carpool to work are exposing sensitive information of workers for hundreds of employers in Southern California, including at least one military installation.

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Email Obfuscation and Spam Robots

September 08, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

I’ve long been interested in spam and robots that scrape for email addresses. I’ve done tons of work in the space, although I’ve never published any of it. Call it more of a side hobby than anything I really want to go public with - as it is with a lot of my research

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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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Helping users keep plugins updated

September 04, 2009 from: Mozilla Security Blog

Starting with the upcoming releases of Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14, Mozilla will warn users if their version of the popular Adobe Flash Player plugin is out of date. Old versions of plugins can cause crashes and other stability problems, and can also be a significant security risk.

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Best of Application Security (Friday, Sep. 4)

September 04, 2009 from: Jeremiah Grossman's Blog

Ten of Application Security industry's coolest, most interesting, important, and entertaining links from the past week -- in no particular order. Regularly released until year end. Then the Best of Application Security 2009 will be selected!

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Announcement Regarding The October 2009 Critical Patch Update

September 03, 2009 from: The Oracle Global Product Security Blog

Because many Oracle customers with responsibility for deploying the Critical Patch Update within their respective organizations will be attending Oracle OpenWorld on October 11-15, 2009; the October 2009 Critical Patch Update originally scheduled to be published on Tuesday, October 13th 2009, will be released on October 20th 2009.

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U. Vermont announces credit card breach

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Unversity of Vermont recently discovered that the security of up to 242 university-funded credit cards has been compromised. Ann Naylor of UVM Procurement services said in a statement that UVM is unaware of how the breach occured.

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School district hiding behind a criminal investigation - parent

August 26, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

On the principle of “no good deed goes unpunished,” some of those who have discovered and reported breaches have been terminated or prosecuted for their actions...

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UMass battles hacker attack

August 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Since the University of Massachusetts announced a breach of its computer system earlier this month, there have been a few inquiries but no evidence that hackers actually stole information, according to UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski.

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