HACKER EXPOSES ISRAELI CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

The Saudi hacker who earlier this week exposed the details of an estimated 15,000 Israeli credit cards yesterday posted 11,000 additional card numbers and threatened to release the details of one million stolen credit card numbers in all. In a message posted by "0xOmar" from the Saudi hacking group Group-XP, the hacker claimed he had [...]

AMERITRADE ID THEFT VICTIMS TO COLLECT $2.5 MILLION TO $6.5 MILLION

Ameritrade identity theft victims may collect as much as $2,500 after a recent data breach settlement approved by a California judge.  The settlement will cost Ameritrade between $2.5 million and $6.5 million.  The judge did not approve a prior settlement agreement because anti-spam software and tighter security was not enough for the court.  Class members include [...]

TRICARE DATA LOSS – SERVICE MEMBERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION STOLEN

The US Military’s healthcare program, TriCare, has confirmed that Science Applications International Corporation will cover the costs associated with notifying almost 5 million beneficiaries whose personal identifying information was stolen in September 2001.  The service member’s information was stolen from backup computer tapes, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.  The massive data theft [...]

NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

California's new identity theft law went into effect last week.  Senate Bill 24 gives consumers access to information to prevent identity theft.  Previously, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill in 2008, 09 and '10. The new law amends California's data breach notification law and mandates the type of information that must be included in [...]

TRINITY HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND BANK FRAUD

Former Trinity Hospital employee, Chelsea Catherine Stewart, from Alabaster, Alabama, was indicted for identity theft and bank fraud.  The federal grand jury passed down the indictment on June 28, 2011.  The charges include: identity theft; possession of stolen mail; attempted bank fraud, misuse of Social Security number; and aggravated identity theft. Ms. Stewart was arrested [...]

EQUIFAX VOLUNTARY SECURITY FREEZE PROGRAM

According to Equifax, if you live in Alabama (a state without a state mandated freeze alert) you can place a freeze alert on your Equifax credit report under the Equifax Voluntary Security Freeze Program.  The security freeze is designed to prevent the disclosure of your Equifax credit report without your permission. Equifax asks for the [...]

DATA BREACH PUTS SEC EMPLOYEES AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT

A recent data breach at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put its employees at risk of identity theft.  The SEC has sent breach notifications to around 4,000 SEC employees.  The personal identifying information (PII) exposed includes Social Security numbers and other payroll information.   The PII was included in an unencrypted e-mail, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of [...]

HACKERS STEAL CREDIT AND BANK CARD INFORMATION FROM NEBRASKA RESIDENTS

Sarpy County Sheriff's deputies in Omaha, Nebraska are investigating an identity theft case that has affected more than fifty victims.  The hackers went after personal identifying information using customers credit and debit cards.  Investigators believe a data breach at a credit card processor exposed the victims' information.  Some of the victims discovered the identity theft when they viewed their monthly statement [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES DISNEY’S EMPLOYEE ID CARDS PUT EMPLOYEES AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Disney has been named in a class action lawsuit, according to Linda Coady, Westlaw Journal Employment.  The plaintiffs allege Disney's employee identification cards put them at risk for identity theft because the ID cards required by Walt Disney Co. include a bar code that includes its employees’ Social Security numbers.    The personal identifying information (PII) is easily accessible by using a low [...]

2011 TOP TEN DATA BREACHES

The year is only half way over, but 2011 will be another big year for data record loss.  According to Fahmida Y. Rashid at eWeek, over 150 companies experienced a data breach in 2011.  Below is the Top 10 List for Data Breaches in 2011. 1.  Sony Playstation,  101 million records 2.  Epsilon, Alliance Data Systems, 60 million [...]