Some days I feel like I’m playing Clue…It was Mr. Mustard, in the study with the lead pipe. Ameritrade Inc. has advised 200,000 current and former customers that a computer backup tape containing their personal information has been lost, MSNBC.com has learned. The tape contained information spanning the years 2000-2003, and included both current and…Read More Ameritrade, 200,000 SSNs, Backup Tape
What is it with order of magnitude errors in victim counts? DSW Shoe reports 1.4 million credit cards exposed. In other news, the General Accounting Office reports [The IRS] has corrected or mitigated 32 of the 53 weaknesses that GAO reported as unresolved at the time of our prior review in 2002. However, in addition…Read More DSW, IRS Security Failures
The security failure at Polo Ralph Lauren is going to be a big story. Not Choicepoint big, but big. According to ComputerWorld, in “Scope of credit card security breach expands: [An emailed] statement also noted that Polo Ralph Lauren has been working with law enforcement officials and credit card companies since fall 2004 to determine…Read More Polo Ralph Lauren Breach: The Rules Have Changed.
Infoworld reports 106,000 Tufts Alumni getting letters, and Cnet reports that “A bank tells 180,000 people who used their GM MasterCards at Polo Ralph Lauren that their data may have been stolen.” (That sounds like a strange set of circumstances. Who sorts their data by credit card issuer?)Read More Breaches: Tufts, GM/HSBC/Ralph Lauren
[T]he company said just 2% of those informed by the company in March of the security breach had accepted its offer of free credit monitoring and none had reported identity theft. All the others will also be offered the services it said. (From CNN, or see the statement here.) So, let’s review. A slew of…Read More 59 breaches at Lexis-Nexis
Capturing the Unicorn is an article at the New Yorker about the hubris of technologists trying to capture art. (The technologists win, but the archivist in me asks: CDs?) 13 things that do not make sense is a New Scientist article about, well, 13 things that don’t make sense. Some foolish people might look at…Read More Small Bits: Digitizing Art, Making Sense, Wages of Sin, Pookmail
In working on the Choicepoint roundup for tomorrow, I found Axinar pointing to this story about the Las Vegas DMV heist. Apparently, all that encryption? Err. Never mind. But Lewis said Friday that Digimarc Corp., the Beaverton, Ore.,-based company that provides digital driver’s licenses in Nevada, told her Thursday the information was not encrypted, and…Read More More on Nevada DMV
The theft occurred early Monday in a remote industrial area, authorities said. The thieves took blank licenses and laminated covers, a digital license camera, a camera computer and a license printer. … “It’s been pondered that this has national security interests,” [police spokesman Tim] Bedwell said. “But it’s easier to pass a fake ID to…Read More 1,700 Drivers Licenses stolen