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November 20, 2006 NewMexican.com
Los Alamos National Laboratory – A compact disk belonging to KSL Services Inc., a contractor to Los Alamos National Laboratory, is missing with personal information on up to 1,000 lab employees. The information includes full names, telephone numbers, birth dates and Social Security numbers. No lab mission related information was on the CD. The information was not encrypted.


November 16, 2006 KTEN.COM – Oklahoma
Connors State College – Warner, OK. A laptop computer stolen from Connors State College contained personal information 22,500 of Connors students who had received certain scholarships. The information included Social Security numbers, names, and other personal information. The laptop has since been recovered but officials do not know if the data was accessed while it was missing.. The information was not encrypted.


November 15, 2006 WTOP – Washington, D.C.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - According to documents obtained by WTOP through the Freedom of Information Act, between 2002 and 2006 year-to-date, the IRS had 478 laptops either lost or stolen. Of those missing computers, 112 contained sensitive data including the Personal Identifiable Information, such as Social Security numbers, for some U.S. taxpayers. Of those total missing laptops 379 were stolen. Apparently none were encrypted but the IRS has stated that they will start encrypting laptops in January of 2007 and will be providing cable locks for each of them.


November 3, 2006 The Seattle Times
Starbucks – Two laptop computers containing the names, Social Security numbers, and addresses of 60,000 current and former employees. The laptops were discovered missing two months before letters were mailed to people who's information was lost. As always the media echoed those magic words issued by Starbucks PR people: “The data on the laptops was password-protected.”. Sixteen year old geeks across the country are giggling at that one.


November 2, 2006 FoxNews.com
Colorado Department of Human Services – A computer belonging to Affiliated Computer Services Inc. (ACS) was stolen on October 14th. ACS was working under contract a contact with the state to compare employment records against a list of parents behind on child support. The computer contained a database of names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and employment information on over 1.4 million Colorado citizens. Nearly 1 million of the names were people who did no owe child support but had started new jobs within the past 6 months. The computer was stored at an ACS office in a secure area monitored by surveillance cameras accessible only by password, officials said. There is no mention of data encryption so the data is clearly at risk.


November 2, 2006 Newsday.com - New York, NY
Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan - A computer with 1,600 military veterans' sensitive data, including Social Security numbers and possible medical diagnoses, was reported stolen from a health care facility on Sept 6. The computer, used to store the results from a pulmonary testing device. The information was not encrypted. Criticism is mounting that it took the VA more than 6 weeks to notify the veterans. One would think the VA would have learned how to handle such incidents after the May 2006 fiasco.


November 2, 2006 CentreDaily.com – Pennsylvania
Villanova University - A laptop computer stolen from an insurance brokerage firm contained the names, birth dates and driver's license numbers of more than 1,200 Villanova University students and staff members. The laptop was stolen from Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs and was protected only by a password, not encryption. The computer contained data on 1,243 Villanova students and staff members who are insured to drive university vehicles.


November 1, 2006 – DailyPress.com - Hampton Roads, VA
U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft Monroe – This is the type of headline you don't want to see about your company or organization: “Data-rich computer stolen from Fort Monroe”. A laptop containing personal information about 4,600 high school seniors from across the country was stolen last week from the U.S. Army Cadet Command's headquarters at Fort Monroe. The students are applicants for the Army's four-year ROTC college scholarship. Their applications included their Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, parents' names and mother's maiden names. The article mentions that the laptop was protected by 3 security measures: A Common Access Card (a Smartcard used for authentication), a PIN number, and a password on the database. All 3 of these are basically forms of authentication (making sure you are who you say you are before you can use the computer). None of them are necessarily used to encrypt the data (though its possible to use them in an environment where they are part of that process). Without encryption the data can normally be recovered if someone has physical access to the computer for a long period of time (which the thief obviously does). Data needs to be encrypted, not just password protected.



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