Monday, July 21, 2008

Fraud Flash for the week of July 21, 2008

July 14, 2008
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Metro accidentally published the Social Security numbers of past and present employees on its Web site. The numbers were posted with a solicitation to companies for workers' compensation and risk management services.

July 15, 2008
Weber Law Firm
Sheriff's deputies uncovered hundreds of people's personal financial files that had been discarded in a dumpster in northwest Houston. Box after box of records including personal financial records, documents with Social Security numbers, people's medical files and more were found in the dumpster.

Missouri National Guard
The Missouri National Guard has called for a criminal investigation after it learned that the personal information of as many as 2,000 soldiers had been breached. The Guard would not release how the personal information had been taken -- whether by computer hackers or other means -- because it has asked for a full law enforcement investigation into the matter.

University of Texas at Austin
The personal information of University of Texas students and faculty has been exposed on the Internet. An independent watchdog discovered more than five dozen files containing confidential graduate applications, test scores, and Social Security numbers. The files were inadvertently posted by at least four different UT professors to a file server for the School of Biological Sciences.

July 16, 2008
Greensboro Gynecology Associates
A backup tape of patient information was stolen from an employee who was taking the tape to an off-site storage facility for safekeeping. The stolen information included patients' names, addresses, Social Security numbers, employers, insurance companies, policy numbers and family members.

Indiana State University
A password-protected laptop computer containing personal information for current and former Indiana State University students was stolen. The laptop contained data for students who took economics classes from 1997 through the spring semester 2008. The information includes names, grades, e-mail addresses and student identification numbers and in some cases Social Security numbers.

July 17, 2008
Bristol-Myers Squibb
A backup computer-data tape containing employees' personal information, including Social Security numbers, was stolen recently. The backup data tape was stolen while being transported from a storage facility. The information on the tapes included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and marital status, and in some cases bank-account information. Data for some employees' family members also were on the tape.

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University of Maryland accidentally released the addresses and Social Security numbers of thousands of students. A brochure with on-campus parking information was sent by U.S. Mail to students. The University discovered the labels on the mailing had the students' Social Security numbers on it.

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