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Penn State Department of Geosciences Exposes 39 Students' Personal Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 17 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. In September, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered four files on the Penn State Department of Geosciences website containing social security Numbers, assignment scores, test scores, and grades of roughly 39 students. more...
Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators Exposes 225
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 15 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
MONTGOMERY, Alabama. On October 15 and 27, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered several Excel files on the Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators' website, which contain sensitive personal information of more than 225 licensed translators. The files contain application information, full names, dates of birth, a few social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, employer information, and other information. By posting this information online, the State of Alabama has put some of these individuals at high risk of identity theft. more...
University of Tennessee, Martin puts 41 Students at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 11 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
MARTIN, Tennessee. On September 9, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered two Excel files on a University of Tennessee, Martin website containing personal information for 240 former high school students who are now between 18-21 years old. The file with the most sensitive information contains 41 names, Social Security Numbers, addresses, high schools, and age, sex, race, and other personal information for 2004 Tennessee Governor's School for the Agriculture Sciences applicants. The Governor's school is a summer program for gifted and talented high school students. The files, online since at least September 2006, expose information protected by FERPA and also put these students at severe risk of identity theft. The exposure was reported to the FBI. more...
Lady Bug Home Care Exposes Job Applicants to ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 10 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BENBROOK, Texas. On October 18, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered an Excel file on the Lady Bug Home Care home page (jacklingm.com) that appears to contain sensitive personal information for 105 job applicants and their references. The file contains, full names, home phone numbers, social security numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses, previous addresses, dates of birth, drivers license numbers, medical information, emergency contact information, medical certification statuses, schools, degrees, car insurance information, and previous car accidents. Many individuals on this list are at extreme risk of identity theft. The site has since been taken down. more...
NASWA Exposes 1,146 Social Security Numbers Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 09 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
WASHINGTON, DC. In March 2006, the National Association of State Work Force Agencies (NASWA) posted a file containing the full names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of 1,446 individuals who apparently participated in a program offered by the agencies. The organization was notified in March, 2006, and the file was taken offline. However, the file remained in online caches until at least October, 2008. more...
Virginia Tech Exposes 12 Social Security Numbers Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 09 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BLACKSBURG, Virginia. On September 6, 2007, the Liberty Coalition discovered several files on a Virgina Tech server which appeared to contain potentially sensitive information for about 100 people, including 12 social security numbers. The files ranged from grading spreadsheets used by professors to team rosters, to the results of a survey about cell phone usage. Virginia Tech removed the most sensitive files within a month (ie, the files containing social security numbers), but left others online. more...
Scratchpad50.com puts 64 at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 09 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BUFFALO, New York. In September 2007, a file containing around the names, social security numbers, scores, grades, and other information of about 64 students on Scratchpad50.com. The operator of the domain could not be readily identified, so the host and domain registrars were notified. Though the file had already been removed from the site when it was discovered, the information was available until September 18, 2007 through a Google Cache. more...
Army's 18th MEDCOM in Seoul, Korea Puts 49 at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 28 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
SEOUL, Korea. The Army 18th MEDCOM in Seoul, Korea, posted full names, social security numbers, dates of birth, medical diagnoses, medical treatments, sex, race, and other sensitive information of 78 service men and women. The 18th MEDCOM and the Pentagon was notified on June 13, 2006, and the file was deleted within days, but the military did not comment on the existence of the file. The file, "Heat Injury.xls" detailed heat exhaustion and heat stroke of patients stationed in Korea. Some of medical notes included: "Competing in Army 10 miles, pushing self to make team. Ambient temp 75 F, Rectal temp 106.9 F, No organ damage." "2 mile road march with full gear @1300, Rectal Temp 98.2 F." "P[atient] was out doing field patrol, felt dizzy, kept falling back down. P[atient] felt her body cramping." "Rectal Temperature: 107.0, Brain and Liver were affected by the heat stroke. No previous heat injury." "multi-organ failure; p[atient] expired." more...
University of Idaho SigmaChi Frat Exposes 2,622 Records Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 27 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
MOSCOW, Idaho. In December, 2005 the SigmaChi fraternity at the University of Idaho posted personal information of 2,622 current students and alumni. This information included names, addresses, phone numbers, graduation dates, high schools, transferring colleges, and alumni status (ie, indication if an alumnus has been expelled). Most of the information was sensitive or confidential. The files were available to the public through a simple Google search. more...
University of Alabama, Birmingham Posts 960 Studentss SSNs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 27 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. In December, 2005, the business school at UAB posted the names, social security numbers, GPAs, and graduation dates of 960 former students online, in an unsecured Excel file. It was discovered using a Google search. A university spokesperson explained that the file was posted in error, and was taken down within hours of notification. more...
SemperFi Data Recovery Puts 49 at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 18 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
FORT SMITH, Arkansas. While searching on Google for his own social security number, an anonymous internet user discovered a breach on www.semperfidatarecoveryandcomputerservices.com, and alerted the Liberty Coalition. The Excel file, belonging to Arkansas company SemperFi Data Recovery, exposed the names, social security numbers, addresses, cell and home phone numbers, W-4 information and other personal information of 40 employees living in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Liberty Coalition immediately contacted the proprietor of the website by phone and e-mail, as well as several of the victims, and reported the incident to the FBI. Even after the warning, the proprietor left the file online for several more weeks before taking the website down completely. more...
University of Texas, Austin FTP Site Puts 22 at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 10 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
AUSTIN, Texas. In late September, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered six files that contain the names, social security numbers, gender, majors, grades, email addresses, department, etc. of approximately 22 students or former students at the University of Texas at Austin. The files were indexed on an open university FTP site accessible through the search engine, www.filewatcher.com and perhaps other search engines. The affected students appear to be former enrollees of course PGE383 in the Summer of 2001 and 2002. more...
Case Western Reserve Website Exposes Medical Information, Personal Information of 452 People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 04 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
CLEVELAND, Ohio. In September, 2007 8 files were discovered at filer.case.edu containing sensitive personal information of approximately 452 people. Three files identified participants in a medical study, as well as a detailed description of personal medical conditions, treatments, ages, and other demographic information. In that file, one column identifies several individuals who appear to be doctors or medical professionals who participated in the study: Rein Lambrecht, Thomas Chelimsky, Bill Stacey, and Amer Alshekhlee. Applicants were asked to describe details of their conditions like, "...bladder and sexual function inability to stand > 10 secs, several bowel obstructions... 2 years of diarrhea with no constipation...." Participants were also required to list medications they were taking. The list reveals one participant's treatments as, "glucophage, tricol, bactrim, prinivil, prilosec, crestor, lasix, zetia, aerobid, singulair, zyrtec, albuterol, oxygen, betopic eye, xalatan, wellbutrin, neurontin, iburpofen, mutli vitamin, vitamin E, B-complex, fero-grade." A column labeled "Consent/HIPAA form" shows that 56% of the entries read either "needs signature," or "NO." more...
Educational Dissertation Puts 17,036 K-12 Students at Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 02 2007 UPDATED: July, 10 2008
FRANKLIN, Tennessee. On August 28, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered three files on a personal website containing sensitive personal information for for about 17,000 Tennessee K-12 students and the names of several hundred teachers. The files were deleted and the website (http://tnweb.org/) was taken down within hours after notification. more...
Customer of PeopleFinders in Poland: 148 Affected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 01 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
POLAND. The information in this breach was never exposed on any website owned or operated by PeopleFinders, but on a Polish website unrelated to the company. The information appeared to be a PeopleFinders.com report, and was placed online independently by a third party. more...
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