Tag Archives: data breach

Tech Professionals Pessimistic on Future Data Breaches

IT security professionals are pessimistic regarding the future of data breaches, according to a recently published survey. More than 94 percent of respondents said the number of data breaches in 2010 will increase. The survey also found that the principle focus for IT security professionals was meeting compliance requirements, with …

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E-Commerce Site Hack Reveals Records

The data of around 200,000 individuals was exposed last week following the hacking of E-commerce company Digital River. The breach was revealed when a 19-year-old man allegedly attempted to sell the information for $500,000. The man, Eric Porat, repeatedly attempted to sell the information to Media Breakaway, whose officials instead …

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Regulators Investigating Bank Data Breach

Swiss regulator FINA is investigating an incident of data theft at HSBC holdings, the largest bank in Europe. Earlier, the bank said an incident of data theft by a former employee led to the compromise of approximately 24,000 client accounts. Following the incident, FINA is investigating HSBC to determine what …

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Cost of Data Breaches Continues to Rise

The cost of data breaches has continued to rise, according a report recently released by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by PGP Corporation. The fifth annual U.S. Cost of Data Breach Study found that while total number of incidents reported decreased in 2009, the total cost associated with data breaches …

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Stolen Laptop Contained Data on Military Family Members

The U.S. Army has confirmed a laptop stolen from an employee of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command over Thanksgiving weekend contained the personal data of around 42,000 military family members. The command became aware of the breach Dec. 1 and has been investigating to ascertain the extent …

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House Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

The House has passed a bill that would introduce national rules surrounding the need to notify potential victims of identity theft following data breaches. According to the bill, companies that possess personal data will be required to notify any U.S. citizens and residents along with the FTC if a data …

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FBI Wants Data Breach Law

An FBI representative said Wednesday a federal law requiring businesses to report data breaches would help the bureau  combat cyber crime. The sharing of such information would enable police organizations to connect attacks and defeat them. Jeff Troy, the head of the Cyber Criminal Section at the FBI, said such …

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Stolen Laptop Contained Patient Data

A laptop was stolen from an employee who worked at a medical center in Florida. The laptop contained information on over 33,000 patients. While some of the data was password protected, the majority of the information was not. Officials at the medical center do not believe that any identity theft …

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National Archives Facilitated Data Breach?

The National Archives and Records Administration may have sent out a disk with confidential information on 70 million veterans, and the incident has been referred to the inspector general for investigation. A defective hard drive was allegedly sent back to the vendor for repair without being wiped of data. An …

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Data Breach Potentially Compromises SSNs

According to Computerworld, the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill notified more than 160,000 women Friday their Social Security numbers may have been compromised by a recent breach by hackers. The system breach was discovered in July, and it appears that some data theft …

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