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Fluvanna SPCA Breaches 1,675 SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January, 05 2011 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
TROY, Virginia. The Fluvanna SPCA has accidentally breached the names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers of 1,675 people online. In all, nearly 6,000 individuals who adopted a pet from the Fluvanna SPCA prior to 2007, owned a pet which stayed at the SPCA, or found a stray may have had their name, address, phone number and other personal information exposed online. more...
University of Hawaii Manoa Breaches 40,101 Alumni SSNs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 28 2010 UPDATED: November, 20 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii. The University of Hawaii-Manoa and has breached the personal information of 40,101 students who attended between 1990-1998 and 2001 and West Oahu in the fall of 1994, or who graduated between 1988-1993. The information included names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, demographic, and detailed academic performance data. These UH students are at increased risk of identity theft and fraud. The information was posted on an insecure, unencrypted University of Hawaii-West Oahu (UHWO) website for almost a year. This latest breach follows on the heels of a May, 2010 breach involving 53,000 students, and a 2009 breach involving 15,487 parents and students. You may Download the MP3 of the Liberty Coalition's Nov. 3, 2010 Press Conference. more...
Mississippi 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team Puts 2,672 Troops at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 08 2010 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
JACKSON, Mississippi. The Mississippi National Guard has breached 3,323 personnel records online of active-duty Mississippi National Guardsmen and women of the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, who returned from deployment in Iraq last year. The breached files contain 2,674 unique names and 2,672 social security numbers. The breach occurred on or before September 10, 2010 at the Mississippi National Guard's website until they were discovered in early October, 2010 by the Liberty Coalition. During that time, the files were potentially available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. Within minutes after the Liberty Coalition notified the Mississippi National Guard of the breach, access to the site was restricted and the 155th was notified of the breach. more...
Corona-Norco Unified School District Posts 81 Teacher SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 08 2010 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
An unknown Corona-Norco Unified School District employee accidentally posted the names, social security numbers, and teaching certifications for 83 Corona-Norco Unified School District teachers on the school district's website. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin said that the personal information was in an internal report and was never supposed to go online. The file was potentially available to anyone with an internet connection "for less than one year," according to Lin. The file was not encrypted and not password-protected. At least one search engine discovered and copied the file. Mr. Lin also indicated that the district is conducting an internal investigation of the event. more...
Louisiana Joint Task Force Gator Serviceman Exposes SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 07 2010 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
A fellow service member accidentally exposed the names, Social Security Numbers, rank, unit, and phone numbers of 78 service members in Louisiana Joint Task Force Gator were on his personal website for more than a year. Task force Gator served in New Orleans for several years after Hurricane Katrina, to help restore law and order and support the efforts of the local New Orleans police department. more...
Maryland State Govt Employee Takes, Posts 2,890 SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 19 2010 UPDATED: July, 24 2010
BALTIMORE, Maryland. An employee of the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) posted 2,890 names, social security numbers, home addresses, phone numbers and other personal information of Baltimore County residents on his company's website for more than two months. Between April 27, 2010 and July 14, 2010 the sensitive personal information was potentially available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. The file was also accessible through the Google search engine. more...
Florida State Agency Loses 250,000+ SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December, 02 2008 UPDATED: December, 04 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Florida. The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI, or Florida Jobs) has lost employment information and more than a quarter million social security numbers by posting them online last month, including the social security numbers of at least fifty children. more...
Website Posts Personal Information for Phishing Victims
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 09 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
KSA-MW.com. Ksa-mw.com posted what appeared to be the results of a "phishing" expedition. The website posted personal information for 70 individuals who appear to be victims of a phishing website. Phishing is when someone creates a website that appears to be legitimate (such as a bank website) in order to trick people into divulging personal information. Unfortunately, the Liberty Coalition was unable to contact or determine contact information for ksa-mw.com before it was taken offline. Victims of phishing are at extreme and usually immediate risk that their sensitive personal information will be abused. more...
Dekalb School District Posts 397 Employees' Insurance Info, SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 08 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
RAINSVILLE, Alabama. On November 29, 2007 the Dekalb County Schools Human Resource Department uploaded nine files to the website, dekalb12.org, which included change of address and resignations forms, and also a file named "INVOICE.xls." This file contained the names and employment information of 397 current and former Dekalb County Schools employees, including 135 social security numbers. more...
East Burke High School Posts 163 Teacher, Bus Driver SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 04 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
CONNELLY SPRINGS, North Carolina. In August 2003, several files used to prepare the 2003-2004 East Burke High School Student Directory were placed on the school's website, and forgotten for more than five years. One of those files contained sensitive employee information including names, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, job titles, e-mail addresses, and a few unlisted phone numbers. In total, the file contains personal information for 163 staff (teachers, bus drivers, custodians, and others) who then worked at East Burke High. more...
University of Houston Math Prof Posts 259 SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 23 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
HOUSTON, Texas. University of Houston Math professor, Marjorie Marks, accidentally posted 259 students' social security numbers and grades on a UH Math web server in October, 2005. The Liberty Coalition notified the university of the breach in late May, 2008, but search engine caches did not clear until July, 2008. All affected students appear to have taken Math 1310 in Fall 2005. more...
Fotolog.com Used to Traffic Identities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 22 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
REDWOOD CITY, California. For almost a year, at least one identity thief used Fotolog.com to traffic stolen personal information for 53 people. The information included credit card numbers, addresses, mothers' maiden names, social security numbers, drivers license numbers, bank accounts, paypal account information, and a wide range of other sensitive personal information. The user, "linux3r" (whose account has been suspended) proudly declared, "Selling: Credit cards, Paypals, Banks Logins, etc Ask me..." According to the fotolog.com website, the sensitive information was first posted on June 29, 2007. Fotolog.com did not remove the sensitive personal information for approximately one year. more...
Virginia Tech Profs Post 128 SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 21 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BLACKSBURG, Virginia. In a breach of personal student information almost identical to the one reported in September 2007, professors "erclark1" and "shugart" posted personal information for 250 students on Virginia Tech servers, including 128 social security numbers and 111 partial social security numbers. The files were discovered and deleted in December 2007, but the Liberty Coalition waited several months before announcing the breach, to make sure search engine caches cleared. The breached files were created in September 2000 and Spring of 1998, and could not have been posted before that time. more...
12,138 Z-Car Enthusiast Personal Information Exposed Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 16 2008 UPDATED: December, 20 2008
California and Texas. More than 12,000 Z-Car enthusiasts have had their names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and other contact information exposed online. An mlinks.net user, "~aktar" placed a backed-up copy of a SQL database of Internet Z-Car Club Members, which was picked up by search engines. The database also includes personal comments, including dates of birth and car information, despite the fact that many of the members had indicated that they wanted their contact information hidden. more...
CSU Chico Prof Exposes 30 Students Info Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 15 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
CHICO, California. A California State University, Chico Computer Science Professor accidentally placed an excel file online containing the names, test scores, lab scores, and last four digits of 30 former students' social security numbers. All affected individuals appear to be former students of Jim McElroy. more...
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