A Rutgers University graduate student is having a terrible week, and now the whole world seems to know about it. When the student’s laptop was stolen on campus last Friday, he filed a police report and apparently printed leaflets begging for help, even offering the thief up to $1,000 for the safe return of the five years’ worth of data stored on the device he needs to defend his graduate thesis.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges "willful and intentional actions and reckless disregard" for the affected patients' privacy, according to a release from the Mike Kelly Law Group and Columbia attorney Doug Rosinski, who represent the plaintiffs. "Because the information was not encrypted or otherwise secured, the threat of identity theft, destruction of credit and health insurance fraud is high," the release states.
In this week's breach roundup, hackers unlawfully accessed archived information about applicants at an Iowa college. Also, a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center is notifying more than 7,400 patients of a breach stemming from a missing laptop.
Indiana University School of Medicine is reminding faculty, staff and residents about the importance of encryption and other information security steps after the theft of an unencrypted laptop. The laptop containing information on about 3,200 patients was stolen Aug. 16 from the locked car of a physician who works at the school's department of surgery. The information, which the physician was using to conduct research, included patient names, ages, sex, diagnoses, medical record numbers and, in 178 cases, Social Security numbers.
How would a person blow up a laptop without even coming near it? By tampering with the software that runs its battery, said Miller, who demonstrated a way to hack into an Apple laptop battery and shut it down, but fell short of actually making it explode.
The personal information of 13,000 individuals who had filed compensation claims with BP after last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have been compromised after a laptop containing the data was lost by a BP employee. The information, which had been stored in an unencrypted fashion on the missing computer, included the names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth of people who filed claims related to the Deepwater Horizon accident.
A webcam scandal at a suburban Philadelphia school district expanded Tuesday to include a second student alleging his school-issued laptop secretly snapped images of him.
A man whose social security number and other personal data were exposed by a company that processed his job application has no legal claims because no actual damage resulted from the privacy breach, a federal appeals court has ruled.
David Green normally only accessed his company's online bank account from his trusty Maclaptop. Then one day this April while he was home sick, Green found himself needing to authorize a transfer of money out of his firm’s account. Trouble was, he’d left his Mac at work. So he decided to log in to the company’s bank account using his wife's Windows PC. Unfortunately for Green, that PC was the same computer his kids used to browse the Web, chat, and play games online. It was also the same computer that organized thieves had already compromised with a password-stealing Trojan horse program.