Chronology of Data Breaches
Security Breaches 2005 - Present

Posted Date: April 20, 2005
Updated Date: December 31, 2013

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from 4,391 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005

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February 20, 2014 Alaska Communications
Anchorage, Alaska
BSR HACK

Unknown

Alaska Communications informed customers of a potential data breach on January 27, 2014. One of the company desktop computers was infected with a virus and subsequently sent data outside of their network. Possible personal information compromised could have included names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. The company stated they did not see any evidence of dependent, medical, or banking information that was compromised.

The company is offering 1 year of AllClear ID protection at no cost and can be reached at 8-1-866-979-2593 for both AllClear Secure and AllClear PRO services.

Any further questions or concerns about the incident there is more information at the company's website http://www.alaskacommunications.com/

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 19, 2014 University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
EDU HACK

309,079

The University of Maryland, located in College Town Maryland, had one of their records databases hacked Tuesday January 18, 2014 around 4:00 a.m by an outside source.

This particular database holds information dating back to 1998 and includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers for 309,079 people affiliated with the school at their College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

The hackers did not alter anything in the actual database, but apprarently have made a "copy" of the information. The university commented at how sophisticated the attack was by the hacker or hackers and they must have had a "very significant understanding" of how the database was designed and maintained, including the level of encryption and protection of the database.

According to the university President, school officials are investigating the breach and taking steps to prevent any further system intrusions.

The college has put out the following statements:

"The University is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all affected persons. Additinoal information will be communicated within the next 24 hours on how to activate this service.

University email communications regarding this incident will not ask you to provide personal information. Please be cautious when sharing personal information.

All updates regarding this matter will be posted to this website.  If you have any questions or comments, please call our special hotline at 301-405-4440 or email us at datasecurity@umd.edu".

 

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 309,079

February 15, 2014 Kickstarter
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
BSO HACK

Unknown

The crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, was infiltrated by hackers who made off with user information including usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone number and encrypted passwords.

The company has said that no credit card information was taken.

"Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one," the site said in a blog post, adding that "as a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password."

The company was made aware of the breach when contacted by law enforcement.  The company communicated that they "immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system." The site also said "no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers" and that "there is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts."

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 15, 2014 Blue Shield of California
San Francisco, California
BSO UNKN

Unknown

On January 15, 2014, Blue Shield of California received information that a transaction confirmation page on their website was displaying Agent ID numbers and in some cases those Agent ID numbers were the agent's Social Security number.

The website page shows billing, payment and other account information associated with an applicant/policyholder's Blue Shield account. Blue Shield uses the agent's name and agent ID number as a means of associating the agent with their client in order to facilitate record keeping and policy administration.  The transaction confirmation pages that display and agent's ID/SSN number were visible to those policy holders who applied and/or initiated payment of a current policy through Blue Shield's Website from December 20, 2013 and January 16, 2014.

It is unknown at this time if the exposed SSN's have been misused.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 14, 2014 Forbes.com
New York, New York
BSO HACK

Unknown

Forbes.com announced on their Facebook page February 14th, that they had been a target of a data breach by hackers.

They claim that "the email address for anyone registered with Forbes.com has been exposed Please be wary of emails that purport to come from Forbes, as the list of email addresses may be used in phishing attacks.  The passwords were encrypted, but as a precaution, we will strongly encourage Forbes.com readers to change their passwords on our system once we make sign-on available again".

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 14, 2014 Experian
Costa Mesa, California
BSF HACK

Unknown

Experian notified customers of a potential security breach of their information. Between January 30, 2014 and January 31, 2014 the nationwide credit agency noticed unauthroized access into consumer information without proper authorization using an Experian client's login information. The consumer information consists of information typically found in a consumer report. This information includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and account information.

For assistance or any question regarding this breach the agency has provided a toll free number, 800-232-8081 for an Experian representative.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 13, 2014 Zevin Asset Management LLC
Boston, Massachusetts
BSF INSD

Unknown

Zevin Assett Management LLC has notified customers of a potential security breach of their customers' data. In mid September 2013 a Zevin employee used an online service provider to host a document listing Zevin's usernames and passwords for certain custodian accounts. According to the company, two documents, one password protected and an inadvertent "test" version of the document that was neither password protected or deleted.

Both versions were accesible online (one through the use of a password and one without a password) and visible from September 2013 through December 30, 2013.

Possible information compromised included names, Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, and account holdings.

The company is offering 1 year free of credit monitering services and asked to contact Benjamin Lovell, President if they want the enroll in the service.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 12, 2014 Las Vegas Sands Hotels and Casinos
Las Vegas, Nevada
BSO HACK

Unknown

Las Vegas Sands recently launched an investigation into a security breach of several of their casino websites.  Both the Venetian and the Palazzo had the homepage of their websites hacked and there could be others.

Currently it is unknown if credit card information and/or customer data was compromised.

The hackers responsible for the breach posted employee information including email addresses and Social Security numbers, on the website for the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. The hackers also posted an image of Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson posing with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In additional to Las Vegas and Bethlehem, websites for casinos in Macau and Singapore were also hacked.

UPDATE (2/28/2014): Las Vegas Sands Casino released a statement that the attackers who breached the company website did compromise customer and employee data, which included Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and a mailing database. The data breach affected customers at their location in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. They are currently investigating their additional locations to see if similar data was affected. Origininally the company had communicated that customer data was not affected.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 11, 2014 Bank of the West
San Francisco, California
BSF UNKN

Unknown

Bank of the West notified individuals regarding a recent data breach that may have involved stolen personal information such as Social Security and driver's-license numbers.

The company sent letters and e-mails to anyone who applied for a job with the company before Dec. 19, the date the breach was discovered.

Currently they are not releasing any information as to the type of information breached or the timeframes the information may have beeen exposed.

"It could've been user name and pass code; it could've been more personal information like Social Security numbers, driver's license, date of birth," said Debra Jack, Bank of the West spokeswoman. "We don't have conclusive evidence that personal information was taken, but we sent those letters as a precaution."

The target of the breach was an online application system that had been retired earlier in 2013, the company disabled the affected servers and is now investigating with help from the FBI.


 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 10, 2014 Freeman
Dallas, Texas
BSF DISC

Unknown

The company, Freeman, announced a data breach regarding employee W2 forms.  Some employees may have received a W2 form that belonged to another employee. The company announced that one of their vendors, ADP, who works with a large national vendor that mails all of ADP's W2's, has experienced an error in their technology.

A glitch in the mail vendors' technology caused the barcode to input the incorrect barcode on the envelopes. The US Postal Service and delivered based on the barcode, not the name or address shown on the envelope.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 10, 2014 Nielsen
New York, New York
BSO INSD

Unknown

Nielsen company announced that an undisclosed number of Nielsen Audio employees are being notified that their personal information including names and Social Security numbers may be at risk after an employee with their Human Resources department mistakenly sent out a mass email containing the data.

It is currently unknown how many employees were affected.

The Nielsen Audio employee mistakenly emailed a file containing the information to other Nielsen Audio employees, who then forwarded the email containing the file to others within the Nielsen environment. These employees were unaware of the contents of the file.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 10, 2014 University of Miami Health System
Miami, Florida
MED PHYS

13,000

The University of Miami Health System (UHealth) notified patients of a data breach when an offsite storage vendor communicated that the records could not be located. The Health System, which is one of the largest health providers in Southern Florida, discovered the breach on June 27, 2013. They have just recently begun notifying patients of the breach.

The information in the missing files included patient names, dates of birth, physician names, insurance company names, medical record names, facility visited, procedures, diagnostic codes, and Social Security numbers.

More Information: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/02/security_breach_at_jackso...

UPDATE (8/26/2014): The University of Miami Health System has agreed to a class-action settlement for the data breach that occurred in 2013 when records went missing from an offsite storage facility the medical system used.

Under the settlement agreement, the UHealth will be required to conduct various risk assessments, remediate any identified problems, and ensure vendors have adequate security controls in place. The agreement states that the university will pay $100,000 in individual claims, $90,000 in attorneys’ fees, and $1,500 to the named plaintiff that initiated the lawsuite. Both parties have asked the federal district court to approve the recently-filed proposed settlement agreement.  http://www.phiprivacy.net/wp-content/uploads/Carsten_proposedsettlement.pdf

 

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 13,000

February 8, 2014 Medtronic
Minneapolis, Minnesota
MED HACK

Unknown

It has been reported that Medtronic, the world's largest medical device maker's computer network  has been hacked sometime in the first half of 2013. It is not clear what type of information the hackers were targeting. Federal laws meant to safeguard medical information require companies to disclose any breach involving patient information, so far Medtronics has not made these disclosures.

The attacks point to Chinese hackers and the medical device company was not aware of the intrusions until federal authorities contacted them and they have now formed a task force to investigate the breach. A spokewoman for the medical device maker would not comment on any specific attacks.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 8, 2014 Boston Scientific
Natick, Massachusetts
MED HACK

Unknown

It has been reported that Boston Scientific, a medical device maker's computer network  has been hacked sometime in the first half of 2013. It is not clear what type of information the hackers were targeting. Federal laws meant to safeguard medical information require companies to disclose any breach involving patient information, so far Boston Scientific has not made these disclosures.

Denise Kaigler, a Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs with Boston Scientific stated "like many companies, Boston Scientific experiences attempts to penetrate our networks and systems and we take such attempts seriously. We have a dedicated team to detect and mitigate attacks when they occur as well as to implement solutions to prevent future attacks." Ms. Kaigler would not comment on the specifics of any attack, but described the media reporting as "inaccurate".

The attacks point to Chinese hackers and the medical device company was not aware of the intrusions until federal authorities contacted them and they have now formed a task force to investigate the breach.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 7, 2014 Easter Seals of Superior California
Suwanee, Georgia
MED PHYS Unknown

On December 10, 2013, an Easter Seal Society of Superior California employee's company vehicle were broken in to, and a company laptop containing health record information belonging to minors may have been breached.

The laptop contained emails that may have had specific information such as children's names, dates of birth, health care provider information, health care billing information, patient identification numbers, and occupational therapy notes.

The company is investigating any potential fraud that may have been associated with this information.

 

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 7, 2014 San Francisco Airport-South San Francisco Embassy Suites Hotel
South San Francisco, California
BSO HACK

Unknown

South San Francisco Embassy Suites hotel informed customers who stayed at the hotel that they may have been affected by unauthorized access to two of their computer systems. The hotel learned that in 2013 an unauthorized third party obtained information relating to some payment cards used at the hotel.

The information breached involved credit and/or debit card numbers, expiration dates, cardholder names, and the CVV2 code on the back of the cards. The data was captured with a manual device and the hotle is claiming that their computer systems were not breached, so no other personal information about their customers was obtained.

Law enforcement was contacted regarding the breach. The company stated they have no reason to believe that this situation has impacted any other Embassy Suites hotel or any other hotel in their chain.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 6, 2014 The Home Depot
Atlanta, Georgia
BSR INSD

30000

Three Home Depot employees were arrested for allegedly stealing personal information of some 300 employees, and were initially detected last fall and those employees whose files were notified of the breach. One of the three employees was caught using her Home Depot email to send the stolen information.

Security investigators fear that this breach may have affected as manay as 20,000 individuals. Information stolen included Social Security numbers and birthdates. Allegedly the employees opened numerous fraudlent accounts with the stolen personal information.

UPDATE (5/30/2014): Originally it was reported that up to 20,000 individuals may have been affected by this security breach. The number has now been increased to 30,000 individuals may have been affected. The first report that came out reported three Home Depot employees were involved, but according to the disclosure document sent on behalf of The Home Depot Corporation, one individual was arrested and The Home Depot will seek prosecution of the individual to the fullest extent of the law.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 30,000

February 5, 2014 St. Joseph Health System
Suwanee, Georgia
MED HACK

405,000

St. Joseph Health System in Texas has reported a data breach of a server that stored information for numerous facilities.

Information was accessed through a single server by hackers from China and other locations. The server contained employee and patient data for St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Burleson St. Joseph Center, Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Grimes St. Joseph Health Center and St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center. The affected server was taken offline once the breach was discovered.

The breach supposedly occurred between December 16 through the 18th, 2013.

The data included patient names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and possibly addresses. Medical information for patients was accessible, as well as bank information for current and former employees. Both adult and minor information may have been compromised.

Currently, investigators could not determine if any information had been extracted or used.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 405,000

February 5, 2014 K. Min Yi, MD, Inc.
San Jose, California
MED PHYS

4,676

Dr. K. Min Yi informed patients of a burglary that occurred at the surgeon's facility on May 28, 2013, in which the burglars stole a desktop hard drive and an external hard drive that had over 4,000 patients records on them.

The information included patients medical history, including lab and radiology reports, surgical information, names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and insurance information of the primary insured individual. They do not believe that patient Social Security numbers were compromised, however the SSN of the primary insured may have been exposed.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 31, 2014 White Lodging Services Corporation
Merrillville, Indiana
BSR HACK

Unknown

White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin may have been the victim of a data breach potentially exposing credit and debit card information. The company has not released the number of potential cards that may have been affected.

The breach was first noticed by various banking sources, who were sharing data indicating that they were seeing a pattern of fraud on hundreds of cards that were all used at Marriott hotels around March 23, 2013 through the end of last year. The breach seemed to only occur at those Marriott locations that were managed by White Lodging Services Corporation.

Reportedly the breach appears to have affected mainly restaurants, gift shops and other establishments within hotels managed by White Lodging.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 30, 2014 UC Davis Health System
Sacramento, California
MED HACK

Unknown

UC Davis Health Center has informed patients of a potential data breach to their system. They recently learned that one of their medical provider's email accounts was impacted by an email "phishing" scam, which malicious software is used to access records. In this case this malware targeted the medical provider's email account.

They are currently investigating the breach and are unclear as of now if direct access to the information contained in this provider's emails was breached. Potential records breached include names, medical record numbers and dates of clinical visits to this provider.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 28, 2014 Bring It To Me
San Diego, California
BSR HACK

Unknown

BringItToMe.com informed certain customers that a data breach occurred at one of their vendors that may have compromised personal or payment card information. No details have been released as to the specific personal or payment card information that may have been breached

The company was recently informed that the online ordering software provider, Big Tree Solutions, discovered unauthorized modifications in their software that could potentially allow new payment card information entered between October 14, 2013 and January 13, 2014 to have been obtained by an unauthorized user.

According to the company the unauthorized modification has been corrected and other security measures have been put into place.

 

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 27, 2014 State Industrial Products
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
BSO HACK

Unknown

State Industrial Products was contacted by the FBI informing them of unauthorized access to information about current and former State Industrial employees. The FBI shared a list of specific employees and the information that was breached.

The information included named, addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, genders, dates of birth, phone numbers, employee ID's, and dates of hire.

The company has launched an investigation as to the unauthorized access and hired a computer security firm to analyze thier computer network. In the initial investigation, it appears that the unauthorized person or persons did so for the purpose of filing fake tax returns.

The company is asking any affected employees to complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit or to contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-44901-800-908-4490 with questions.

The company has also offered free one-year membership to Experian's ProtectMyID Alert.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 25, 2014 Michaels Stores Inc.
Irving, Texas
BSR HACK

2.6 million cards

On January 25, 2014, Michaels Stores Inc. communicated with customers as to the possibility of a security breach regarding customers payment cards. They have not confirmed as of yet, that a breach did occur, however based on a preliminary investigation and in light of the recent Target and Neiman Marcus breaches, the company felt it was important to warn customers of the possibility of a breach.

Michaels is currently working with investigators as to the potential of this breach. No additional detailed information has been supplied by the company.

UPDATE (2/11/2014): A class action lawsuit has been filed against Michaels by an individual. The suit claims that "the arts and crafts supplier failed to secure and safeguard customers’ private financial information".  The suit also alleges that "Michaels failed to adequately monitor its payment systems in such a manner that would enable the retailer to detect fraud or other signs of tampering so that the breach of security and diversion of customer information was able to continue unnoticed for a period of time".

It has also been reported that Michaels failed to disclose a data breach that occurred in May of 2011. A lawsuit was filed for the 2011 breach, but was settled. 

The company has not yet released the total number of individuals affected by the breach or when the breach might have taken place.

UPDATE (7/22/2014): "A federal court in Illinois held July 14 that an elevated risk of identity theft from a Michaels Stores Inc. breach provides standing, but without evidence of specific monetary damages that risk is insufficient to support statutory or common law claims (Moyer v. Michaels Stores, Inc., N.D. Ill., No. 1:14-cv-00561,dismissed 7/14/14).

Judge Elaine E. Bucklo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the case against the arts and crafts retailer, finding that the plaintiffs failed to plead monetary damages".

 

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 2,600,000

January 24, 2014 Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia
BSR STAT

Unknown

The Coca-Cola Company announced the theft of several computers from one of their locations that contained personal information on employees and other individuals. The company did not detail the specific information that was stored on the stolen computers. The theft was discovered on December 19, 2013.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 24, 2014 St. Francis Hospita and Medical Centers
Hartford, Connecticut
MED PHYS

Unknown

St. Francis Hospital announced a breach of 858 patient records when physical patient files were stolen from a contracted emergency room physicians car. The files included patient names, patient medical record numbers and dates of birth. No Social Security numbers or financial records were compromised.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 858

January 23, 2014 W.J Bradley
Centennial, Colorado
BSF INSD

Unknown

W.J Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC announced in a letter to customers that information disclosed to the Emery Team at W.J Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC in connection with numerous loan transactions had been breached. According to the company, information on specific loan transactions had been taken from their computer systems and copied by several former loan officers of the company. This information was then shared with another mortgage company not associated with W.J Bradley.

The company communicated that the information taken included income, marital status, and loan information. There is no evidence that the information was released to the public at large.

A court order was obtained by W.J Bradley requiring the return of all private customer information to the company, prohibiting the defendants from sending that information to others, and requiring that the defendants destroy all copies of the information in their possession.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 20, 2014 Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Lebanon, New Hampshire
BSO HACK

Unknown

Dartmouth-Hitchcock informed patients of a security breach involving their personal information that is maintained by the company.

On or around December 3, 2013, the company discovered that, as a result of a phishing incident, certain employee user accounts had unauthorized activity in the Employee Self Service Direct Deposit Payroll system.

The company launched an investigation and found further unauthorized access to this same system from October 6, 2013 through December 2, 2013. The information accessed included full names, bank account information (routing and checking account numbers), Social Security numbers along with other information the employee supplied to the self service system.

Employees are asked to call IS Security Manager, Charles Goff at 1-603-653-1380 or email IS-Security@hitchcock.org.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 17, 2014 Easton-Bell Sports Inc.
Van Nuys, California
BSR HACK

Unknown

Easton Bell Sports Inc., out of Van Nuys California informed customers of a data breach in December. The company has stated that one of their vendors servers was the attack of vicious malware and was breached on or around December 1, 2013.

The breach may have impacted online purchases made from December 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. The customer information breached may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, credit card numbers, along with the 3 or 4 digit security code on the back of cards.

Once the breach was discovered, the company immediately shut the server down and took steps to stop any further infiltration of the system. The company has hired a computer forensics expert to conduct an investigation.

The amount of customers affected is currently unknown.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 17, 2014 E-Benefits Department of Veteran Affairs
, District Of Columbia
GOV UNKN

Unknown

As reported by a local T.V station in Moore County North Carolina, a Navy veteran  reported to have been utilizing the E-Benefits portal through the Department of Veteran Affairs to check his own benefits. He was on the VA's E-Benefits website trying to track down his own history for a bank loan. Instead, windows kept popping up displaying other veterans' medical and financial information. He has since reported the issue to the Department of Defense, the VA and Senator Kay Hagan's office.

The VA has responded with a statement to ABC11 on Friday January 17, 2014 with the following:

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) takes seriously our obligation to properly safeguard personal information.  Wednesday evening, during a process to improve software supporting the joint VA and Department of Defense benefits web portal eBenefits, VA discovered a software defect. During that limited timeframe, some Veterans and Servicemembers who had registered and logged into eBenefits were able to see a combination of their own information as well as data from other eBenefits users.  VA took immediate action upon discovering the software defect and shut the eBenefits system down in order to limit any problems.  VA is conducting a full review to be certain the underlying technological issues have been resolved before the system is returned to operation.

VA's independent Data Breach Core Team (DBCT) is reviewing this issue and believes a relatively limited number of Veterans have been affected. Once the DBCT determines the number of users impacted, their identities and other pertinent facts, VA will take the appropriate response, which may include free credit monitoring for the affected individuals, consistent with VA's standard practice".

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 15, 2014 South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Columbia, South Carolina
GOV INSD

4,658

 A South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce human resources employee allegedly downloaded the personal information of 4,658 current and former DEW employess to a personal device, according to authorities.

The data downloaded may have included payroll information, Social Security numbers and bank account information. The employee has since been fired. The incident allegedly occurred on December 18, 2013.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 4,658

January 15, 2014 City of Burlington
Burlington, Vermont
GOV DISC

Unknown

The Office of The Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Burlington informed individuals that their names and Social Security numbers were inadvertently left unredacted as part of the individuals request for a tax abatement that was provided to the Burlington Board of Tax Abatement (which is made up of the City Council, Mayor and CIty Assessor).

The information was part of a clickable agenda item that was posted on the City Council's website on January 9, 2014, the information was redacted on January 13, 2014.

Those affected with questions can call Bob Rusten, Chief Administrative Officer at 1-802-865-7000.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 14, 2014 Southwest General Health Center
Middleburg Heights, Ohio
MED PHYS

480

Southwest General Hospital notified approximately 480 patients who were part of a obstetrics study that some of their private information was recently lost, including names, data on births, clinical information and medical record numbers. The data was included in one binder and the binder was discovered missing early in December 2013. The binder did not include Social Security numbers or financial information.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 14, 2014 NORCOM-North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency
Bellevue, Washington
GOV HACK

6,000

The North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM) has announced a security breach of a server that stored records of an estimated 6,000 medical responses for Duvall Fire District 45, Skykomish Fire Department and Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue. Currently, the investigation has revealed that the medical response records breached included names, addresses, dates of birth, nature of emergency call and initial medical condition.

The breach also included personnel data for 231 full-time and volunteer firefighters who work or have worked for the three agencies. This information could include drivers license informatin, date of birth, Social Security numbers, emergency contact and limited medical information.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 231

January 13, 2014 Update Legal
San Francisco, California
BSO INSD

Unknown

On or around September 9, 2013, Update Legal was informed by San Francisco Police that a suspect in custody had digital photographs of I-9 forms on the smartphone in this persons possession. This individual potentially obtained Social Security numbers, date of birth, driver's license numbers, email addresses, passport identification, state ID cards, military dependent's ID cards, US Citizen's ID cards, Certification of Birth Abroad, Birth Certificates and addresses.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 10, 2014 Neiman Marcus
Dallas, Texas
BSR HACK

1.1 million

Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month, around mid-December, the same time that Target stores were targeted. The case is similar to the Target case in that only retail shoppers were affected, no online shoppers were affected.

The cause, size and duration of the attack are not yet known and should start to be revealed once a third party investigation is completed. The company is also working with the Secret Service, which is customary in these types of attacks.

UPDATE (1/16/2014): It has been reported that the breach at Neiman Marcus could as far back as July 2013 and that the breach was not fully contained until Sunday January 12, 2014. Neiman Marcus is still not communicating the total amount of individuals affected, but did comment that "some of their customers" payment cards were used fraudulently and have taken steps to notify those customers. They still do not believe that Social Security numbers or birth dates were affected.

UPDATE (1/25/2014): Neiman Marcus released a statement that approximately 1.1 million individuals have been affected by the recent data breach to their system.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 1,100,000

January 10, 2014 Alamance County Department of Social Services
Burlington, North Carolina
GOV INSD

33

Rakecia Matrese Brame, a former social worker for the Alamance County Department of Social Services in North Carolina, pled quilty to identity theft, tax, and fraud charges. According to court documents, Brame was employed as a social worker from 2009 to 2011 and was responsible for investigating claims of abuse and neglect against minors and disabled adults. She had authorized access to their system which included names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of Alamance DSS clients.

Brame used her access to identifying information contained in Alamance DSS records to illegally obtain the personal identifying information of clients and others. She would then sell that information to two tax preparers at the Greensboro branch of Nothing But Taxes, a tax return preparation firm.  They used the stolen identities to claim false dependents on tax returns they prepared for Nothing But Taxes clients, inflating tax refunds on their clients' behalf.

 

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 33

January 10, 2014 Barry University
Portland, Oregon
EDU HACK

Unknown

Barry University informed individuals of a security incident that may have affected personal information maintained by the university.

On May 14, 2013, Barry University detected malware which infected a laptop owned and used by Barry University. The files infected included full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, bank account numbers.

The university is offering a free one-year credit monitoring service. They've supplied a phone number to those affected at 1-800-981-7571 and to reference number 47911.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 7, 2014 Risk Solutions International LLC, Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, Virginia
EDU DISC

Unknown

Loudoun County school officials have responded to a data breach that made publicly available personal information about students and staff members, along with detailed emergency response plans for each school.

More than 1,300 links could be accessed through a Google search, thought to be password protected, unveiled thousands of detailed documents as to how each school in the district will respond to a long list of emergencies, which included the staging areas for response teams as well as where the students and staff would be located during an emergency.

Additional documents that could be accessed included students' courrse schedules, locker combinations, home addresses, phone numbers and birthdates along with the address and cell phone numbers for many school administrators.

The contractor Risk Solution International acknowledged that the breach was caused by "human error" on their part, which is said to be the cause of the data breach.

 

UPDATE: Loudoun County Public Schools administrators released a more detailed statement about the information made publicly available on the Internet due to errors committed by the contractor Risk Solutions International (RSI).

According to school officials, the investigation is continuing as to how the webpage, which was made accessible through online search engines without any password protection happened. The page included 1,286 links detailing information on 84 Loudoun schools. It is unknown how long the information was exposed or how many links were opened by unauthorized individuals.

Locker combinations were revealed for one school and only one parent contact information was revealed for fewer than 10 schools according to the spokesperson for the district. The statement also made clear that RSI's website was not hacked and that it never lost its password security. Instead, the breach occurred when RSI employees were doing technical testing on November 4th , December 19th and December 24th 2013. (1/9/2014)

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 3, 2014 Agency of Human Services
Williston, Vermont
GOV DISC

Unknown

Vermont Agency of Human Services notified individuals of a data breach containing names and Social Security numbers of individuals. The email distribution list inadvertently included all AHS employees and some contractors. According to the agency, the email was opened by numerous AHS employees, a subsequent email was promptly sent that instructed recipients of the email to "hard delete" it so it did not remain in their email delete box.

For those with questions or concerns can call Joanne Dunster, Benefit Programs Assistant Administrator/ESD HIPAA Liaison at 1-802-769-6155.

 
Information Source:
Vermont Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 2, 2014 Straight Dope Message Board
Chicago, Illinois
BSO HACK

Unknown

The security team at The Straight Dope discovered hackers broke into their online message board forum. This resulted in unauthorized access of members usernames, emails and passwords. The message board does not store Social Security numbers or credit card information. The company is suggesting all users change their password in their system.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 2, 2014 Eye Surgery Education Council
Fairfax, Virginia
MED HACK

4,748

Reportedly, the Eye Surgery Education Councils system was hacked and user accounts with partial email addresses, user names and clear text passwords were dumped onto the Internet.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 1, 2014 Snapchat
Venice, California
BSO HACK

Unknown

The hacker or group known as "Lightcontact" is claiming to have hacked Snapchat.com. Reportedly, the group published a database containing Snapchat user names and phone numbers and posted it to several public forums such as Reddit.com.

UPDATE: Snapchat has announced a security update to their mobile image sharing services to include an opt out option to the Find Friends system. This update is said to prevent others from looking up their account information through address books. This update will allow a person to no longer appear if this type of search is initiated. According to security vendor AdaptivMobile, the compromised accounts are concentrated mostly in California and New York, with the two states accounting for nearly 2.3 million accounts. Other regions affected include Illinois, Colorado and Florida(1/4/2014)

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 1, 2014 Skype breach
Redmond, Washington
BSO HACK

Unknown

On January 1st, the Syrian Electronic Army is reportedly taking credit for hacking into user accounts on Skype. The amount of users affected is unknown. Reportedly, the hackers infiltrated a users account and monitors the activity and sells the data.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

December 30, 2013 T-Mobile Supplier
Unknown,
BSO HACK

Unknown

A  supplier  for T-Mobile reported a breach of files stored on their servers. This breach included the breach of names, addresses, Social Seurity numbers and/or Driver's License numbers. This access was discovered in late November 2013.  They believe that the primary goal of the hackers was to obtain credit card data, but credit card information was not included in these files.

 

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

December 30, 2013 Wichcraft Operating LLC
New York, New York
BSO HACK

Unknown

An unauthorized third party accessed their systems compromising payment card information of certain customers in possibly two of their locations, New York and San Francisco. The breached occured from approximately August 11, 2013 to October 2, 2013.

Based on their investigation, the information accessed by the unauthorized party may have included names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. They are claiming that not all of these data elements were accessed for each customer.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

December 29, 2013 American Express Company
New York, New York
BSF UNKN

Unknown

American Express announced, as part of an investigation by law enforcement and/or American Express, the company discovered a data breach that involved customer information. The data recovered included American Express cardholder acount numbers, names and other card information such as the expiration date. They have stated that Social Security numbers were not impacted and their systems did not detect any unauthorized activity on card holders accounts as related to this incident.

UPDATE: (1/16/2014): American Express has sent out a new letter addressed to customers affected by the data breach. This new communication entailed information that one of the merchants that they purchased goods with was affected by the breach. The information breached did not change, in that card holder account numbers, names and other card information such as expiration date were compromised. No Social Security numbers were impacted.

 

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

December 29, 2013 Riverside Health System
Newport News, Virginia
MED INSD

919

Riverside Health System has announced an electronic records health breach discovered in November. The breach involved one employee who accessed 919 medical records over a four-year period. The system wide breach included patients Social Security numbers, patient history and other information that appears in the system's electronic medical record.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 919

December 27, 2013 Briar Group
Brighton, Massachusetts
BSO HACK

Unknown

Briar Group confirms it was the source behind a Seaport data breach. After an investigation by the Briar Group, who runs eight restaurants and bars in the city, confirmed that their systems were compromised causing the data breach that affected hundreds of individuals who visited the Seaport area of Boston sometime in November.

Currently, a number has not been released as the investigation regarding the breach is ongoing. The breach included unauthorized access to card data at their restaurants sometime between October and November 2013.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

December 27, 2013 Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA)
Denver, Colorado
MED INSD

Unknown

1,918 Medicaid patients data was breached after a temporary employee from an outside contractor Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) sent the information to his/her own personal email address according to media reports. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing believes this information may have been intended for the employee's use in another business.

The information included patient names, date of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, health conditions and Medicaid identification numbers. Social Security numbers were not involved.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

Breach Total
872,715,019 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,391 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005
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