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Judge dismisses shareholder lawsuit against Heartland (updated)

December 09, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey has tossed out a class-action lawsuit filed by shareholders against Heartland Payment Systems, the credit card processor announced Wednesday.The judge granted Heartland’s motion to dismiss the action, which was filed in the wake of Heartland’s massive breach that was reported earlier this year, according to a company statement. No reason wa...

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Gonzalez to plead guilty in NJ

December 08, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

An admitted computer hacker charged in the nation’s largest-ever data breach has told federal prosecutors in New Jersey that he plans to plead guilty in connection to the alleged theft of more than 130 million credit card numbers.

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The Merchants Strike Back?

December 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

With the recent news of several restaurants teaming up to sue point-of-sale system provider Radiant Systems (a copy of the complaint can be found here) for failing to comply with the PCI Standard, it appears that some merchants may be in a mood to strike back in the aftermath of a payment card security breach. This lawsuit comes in the wake of a couple lawsuits against payment card security assess...

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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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Many More Government Records Compromised in 2009 than Year Ago, Report Claims

December 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

If you’re bummed about the data in your department that just got breached, you have some cold comfort. Although the combined number of reported data breaches in the government and the military has dropped in 2009 compared to last year, many more records were compromised in those breaches, according to recent figures compiled by a California nonprofit.

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TX: Former VP of First Service CU convicted for bank fraud, ID theft

November 20, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A former Senior Vice President of Area Operations for First Service Credit Union in Houston has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from his former employer, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

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NC loan processor sentenced for ID theft

November 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A former loan processor was sentenced Friday to to one year and one day imprisonment for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox also ordered Maria Lorena Croll, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to pay restitution of $2,138.52.

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Federal Data Security Law: ‘Careful What You Wish For’

November 12, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A federal cybersecurity law edged closer to reality late last week when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect the personal data of Americans. The bill is a bipartisan effort sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and co-sponsored by former Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would, among other things, force companies and data brokers to institute data privacy and security p...

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Government accused of ‘cover up’ over lost farmer tapes

November 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been accused of a “cover up” after two back-up tapes went missing containing the banking details of around 100,000 farmers.

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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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Man charged with developing and distributing cable network hacking tools

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Charges were unsealed in federal court in Massachusetts against an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging that they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and obtain internet access without paying for it.

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Judge: FTC Cannot Make Lawyers Comply With Identity Theft Laws

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Federal Trade Commission cannot force practicing lawyers to comply with new regulations aimed at curbing identity theft, a federal judge ruled today at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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LifeLock barred from placing fraud alerts in Experian settlement

October 22, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

LifeLock Inc. and Experian Information Solutions Inc. have settled their lawsuit, and the agreement permanently blocks the original process LifeLock used to protect its clients.

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FTC settles latest charges against ChoicePoint

October 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ChoicePoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest data brokers, has agreed to strengthened data security requirements to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed to implement a comprehensive information security program protecting consumers’ sensitive information, as required by a previous court order. This failure left the door open to a data breach in 2008 that co...

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