The Data Breach Blog

Akron Children's Hospital hard drive missing, contained patient information

More than 7,500 patient families are being notified that a hard drive containing personal information has gone missing.

Totally Promotional attack compromises payment cards, other data

Attackers forced their way into Totally Promotional's systems and gained access to some customer payment card data and other information.

University of Rhode Island announces breach involving email, Facebook accounts

The University of Rhode Island learned of a breach involving the inappropriate collection and possible use of information related to email and Facebook accounts.

Colorado's OIT notifies 3,000 residents of data breach

A technical error resulted in letters containing personal information being mailed to the wrong address.

Credit card data possibly compromised for 93K customers is notifying approximately 93,000 customers that their personal information may have been compromised in a breach.

Tremco staffer loses laptop, contained data on thousands of employees

Approximately 3,700 employees are being notified that a human resources staffer lost a company-issued laptop containing their personal information.

Illinois Department of Corrections data breach hits more than 1,000 employees

Personal information on more than 1,000 IDOC employees was included in a response to a civilian Freedom of Information Act request.

Breach affects payment cards used at hundreds of Fred's Super Dollar stores in 14 states

An unauthorized person gained access to two servers that payment card data is routed through after cards are swiped at Fred's Super Dollar stores.

SterlingBackcheck laptop stolen, contained data on about 100K individuals

A password protected, unencrypted laptop containing personal information was stolen from an employee's vehicle.

IRS agent misplaces flash drive containing data on nearly 12,000 Katy ISD employees

An IRS agent misplaced a portable flash drive containing the personal information while conducting a random audit under the direction of the IRS.

Connecting the Dots

Rebel with a cause: Glenn Greenwald is a doctor for America's conscience

Glenn Greenwald's new book recounts the human drama of his collaboration with Edward Snowden, the widespread sweeping up of communications and the consequences of the U.S. surveillance state.

Thanks for the memories

Today marks my final day at SC Magazine after more than 7-1/2 years.

Car hackers' appearance on the 'Today' show was important because they were on the 'Today' show

Ideas are needed on ways to improve the public's perception of computer security hackers who have no malicious intentions.

New plan to stop leaks: Squeal on your cubicle mate who may or may not be a whistleblower

An investigative report shows the Obama administration's insider threat program is far more expansive, and troubling, than even critics had thought.

Secret U.S. cyber actions exposed by Snowden leaks demand much larger debate

The leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal a massive global effort by the U.S. government to hack various entities, including civilian targets, actions that could lead to unintended consequences.

Why the AP phone records seizure and the LulzSec sentences are related

The U.S. government is sending a clear message: We won't tolerate secrets coming to light.

The power and danger of using the cyber "T" word

Referencing the Boston bombings as terrorism prompted an unprecedented manhunt for the suspects that included a citywide lockdown. What would a similar scene have looked like on the internet?

Here are eight cyber crooks who got less prison time than Andrew Auernheimer

The security researcher and self-proclaimed internet troll earned 41 months behind bars Monday for his role in using a script to retrieve data on roughly 120,000 Apple iPad users from a public web server.

The White House thinks Julian Assange and Jeremy Hammond are no different than Chinese cyber spies

Whistleblowing organizations like WikiLeaks and accused hacktivists like Hammond are not foreign spies lusting to plunder intellectual property from U.S. corporations and government agencies in order to profit and gain a competitive advantage.

Obama would prefer to prosecute leakers than discuss Stuxnet

The FBI and DoJ are targeting high-level U.S. officials in hopes of learning who released classified information about Stuxnet to the press. What the government is not doing is publicly explaining why it launched Stuxnet.

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