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Arkansas Psychology Board: 284 Identities Exposed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 30 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Between about May 21-31, 2007, the Arkansas Psychology Board posted an Excel file online that contained the names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, email addresses, licensure and other information of 284 Arkansas licensed psychologists. Even after the file was removed, a cached Google copy of the file was discovered on June 5, 2007. Many victims of this breach were notified directly. According to an affected psychologist, the Arkansas Board of Examiners confirmed that the file had been accessed multiple times during the sensitive period. more...
Jordanian Social Networking Site: 187 Identities Exposed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 28 2007 UPDATED: October, 01 2007
AMMAN, Jordan. In late August, 2007, the Liberty Coalition discovered a text file containing sensitive personal information for approximately 187 people, posted by a user on the Jordanian social networking site, Jeeran.com. This file contained names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, Mothers' maiden Names, Drivers License Numbers, Dates of Birth, Credit Card information, ATM Pins, Bank Accounts, PayPal account information, and other sensitive data. On October 1, 2007, Jeeran.com President & Co-founder Omar F. Koudsi e-mailed SSNBreach.org to emphasize that the company "quickly... co-operated in removing the data." Jeeran.com did in fact remove the information within 48 hours of notification. However, they have not confirmed how long the file was available on their recalcitrant user's page. more...
Temple University: 90 Affected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 26 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania. In September, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered two files containing partial social security numbers, grades, passwords, and other sensitive personal information for about 90 students at Temple University. All of the files were posted in the Computer Information System department, in a folder called "~shi." The University was notified, and removed the files within a few business hours of notification, and requested search engines purge their caches. more...
Iowa State Legislature Puts 109 Military at Risk of ID Theft
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 26 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
DES MOINES, Iowa. In September, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered a pdf report on the Iowa Legislature General Assembly website, containing the names, social security numbers, and employment information for approximately 109 members of the military. The report was to the members of the Legislative Fiscal Committee, from Steve Linder, Chief Operating Officer, State Accounting Enterprise. Subject: Monthly Military Pay Differential Report. more...
Naval Postgraduate School: Up to 1,058 Affected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 18 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
MONTEREY, California. In August, 2007 two Excel files containing what appeared to be personal information of up to 1,058 students was found on a website belonging to the Naval Postgraduate School. The file appeared to contain students' full names, ranks, the last four digits of the student's SSN, graduation dates, curriculum information, e-mail, phone number, and other information. The Dean of Students was notified, and the file was removed within hours. more...
Rutgers University Releases 227 Student Records Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 14 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey. On August 31, 2007, the Liberty coalition discovered files posted on rutgers.edu that contain sensitive personal information. The four files appear to contain the full names, social security numbers, assignment scores, test scores, course grades, and other highly sensitive information for up to 227 students at Rutgers University. The files largely appear to be grading sheets for students of Wenxuan (Bill) Zhang, PhD Candidate/Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science. more...
University of South Carolina: 3,199 Affected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 05 2007 UPDATED: September, 07 2007
COLUMBIA, South Carolina. On August 31, 2007, the Liberty Coalition discovered 18 files on the University of South Carolina's Department of Biological Sciences, that appeared to contain the full names, social security numbers, assignment scores, test scores, course grades, indications of academic misconduct, and other highly sensitive information for up to 3,199 students at the University of South Carolina. The files largely appeared to be grading sheets, posted in a faculty section of the website belonging to "~vieyra." Many of the files were indexed by major search engines. more...
Chandra Breach: 408 Affected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 30 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
JAKARTA, Indonesia. In August, 2007 a hacker site that apparently traffics in stolen personal information posted a file with approximately 408 credit card numbers online, and available through a major search engine. The file also contained Social Security Numbers, Dates of Birth, Mother's Maiden Names, Passwords, PINs, Addresses, Phone Numbers, Card Verification Numbers, Purchase Amount, and other senstitive information. more...
Whizlink.com Breaches 1,299 Records Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 30 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California. Sanjiv Bhagat, an employee of California mortgage services company American Vision Financial Inc., was surprised to find that someone was using his username and password without authorization to store sensitive information on his company's server, using a domain registered in his name, but to his company's address. Whizlink.com contained an Excel file which contained what appeared to be a call list with personal information of 1,299 sales leads. Mr. Bhagat insists that he has no idea who the file belonged to, and took immediate action to take the entire site down. more...
Williamsport, PA Police Department Puts 174 at Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 27 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania. The Williamsport, PA police department website exposed the names, birth dates, social security numbers, and other potentially sensitive information of approximately 174 individuals on their website. When the file was discovered in early August, 2007, it had already been removed from the website, but remained in Google's Cache. The file purported to be updated as of 6/27/2007. more...
York County, PA Courts Put 97 at Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 27 2007 UPDATED: September, 18 2007
YORK, Pennsylvania. In July, 2007 the York County, PA court website posted a file containing the full names, addresses, home and cell phone numbers, race, social security numbers, and other sensitive information for approximately 97 people. The individuals appeared to be deputized employees of the court. more...
Tyler Pension Management Solutions Puts 650 at Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 24 2007 UPDATED: July, 14 2008
WOBURN, Massachusetts. In August, 2007 a file that appeared to contain the full names, ages, social security numbers, and other pension information of more than 650 individuals was posted on a Tyler Pension Management Solutions website, and available through a major search engine. more...
Louisiana Board of Regents Breaches 200,000 Louisiana SSNs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August, 24 2007 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. In late June 2007, the Liberty Coalition discovered approximately 163,000 social security numbers, and contact information for nearly 200,000 Louisianans, in nearly 200 online documents. The affected individuals appear to be mainly former Louisiana high school students born between about 1979 and 1987, as well as roughly 34,000 Louisiana state education employees. more...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January, 01 1900 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. A University of Utah department computer was compromised by an unknown outside source, ultimately leading to unauthorized access of the server on August 9, 2005, according to the University of Utah Office of Information Technology. The server contained library archival databases including a file with approximately 100,000 names and social security numbers of former University employees. The database included information used as an index for archives for paper employee files from 1970 to 2003. more...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January, 01 1900 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
SOMEWHERE in Russia. In August 2007, the Liberty Coalition discovered a document on an illegal Russian website used by identity thieves to trade personal information. The file was a list of roughly 53 individuals who appear to have fallen prey to a so-called "phishing" website sometime in July, 2007. The phishing site was apparently designed to look like a PayPal website, and when users entered personal information, it was transmitted to identity thieves, instead of PayPal. Victims of this breach have reported unauthorized credit card activity, up to 150 transactions. Many have had their entire bank accounts wiped out. more...
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