500 Million Sensitive Records Breached Since 2005

The most recent total from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches shows more than a half billion sensitive records breached since 2005, leaving Americans vulnerable to identity theft. Employees losing laptop computers, hackers downloading credit card numbers and sensitive personal data accidentally exposed online -- the Chronology of Data Breaches shows hundreds of ways that the personal information of consumers is lost, stolen or exposed. The Chronology of Data Breaches, a project of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse since 2005, lists incidents involving breached consumer information, such as personal medical records, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers.

The most recent total, published August 24, 2010, is a wake-up call to consumers who think identity theft can’t happen to them. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that the Chronology shows only a fraction of the total number of data breaches.

Her Mother Stole Her Identity

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

My mother stole my identity by applying for two Capital One credit card accounts in my name. She charged up the maximum amount on the two accounts and let them go delinquent. My experience with identity fraud is atypical. I paid off the accounts and did not press charges, because I did not want my mother to be arrested.

Testimony from Dallas, Texas: It All Started at the Supermarket

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Security cameras showed the checker taking my wallet, and charging nearly $500 of groceries after I left the store. Despite my calling the police, no charges were filed against the individual because he not "steal" the wallet from my person. The wallet -containing my recently renewed Drivers License, MasterCard, ATM Card, parking card, business cards (with cellular and home numbers), and college ID card (with social security number on it) - was never recovered.

This Identity Thief Was Brought to Justice: The Victim's Restitution Letter to the Criminal's Probation Officer

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Ms. _________ has not just violated federal law, but she has created substantial personal grief and inconvenience to me and my family since the problem of my identity theft first came to light in summer 1998. I am writing to explain some of the ways that her behavior has disrupted my life and cost me time and money. I am seeking restitution for these damages.

The Credit Grantors Facilitated the Identity Theft Crime

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

My name is Kathleen Z. (not the actual name), and I am a victim of identity theft. Recently, my wallet (including credit cards, driver's license, passport, and social security number) was stolen from my office. Within an hour, my credit cards were being used to buy pagers, car audio equipment, cigarettes, liquor, etc.

The Lament of an Identity Theft Victim

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

I had been thinking about buying a cellular phone but someone beat me to the punch. This person set up an account using his name and paid two bills using my Visa/debit card number. I'm not sure how he got the number since there's only one card. I've heard a lot of theories in the last few days.

Identity Theft Victim Story: "A Virginian Vents"

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

My husband's two major credit cards were taken from his wallet very selectively on Saturday, May 22.  The cards were inside a very small wallet which was located in a box in the car.  It was not clearly visible  and the car was locked...Within two hours, the thief had generated a fake ID with a fake  address and phone number...Within three hours, the Discover credit card security department called and left a message at our home about suspicious purchases.  Nonetheless, the thief managed to spend over $6800 on high-end laptop computers in less than four hours!

A Police Officer Speaks Out

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

I cannot speak for all of Law Enforcement regarding identity theft cases, but I have read a lot of your web site and it has a lot of good information for people to use when identity theft strikes. I was disappointed with some of the letters people wrote to you because as a Police Investigator whose only job is Fraud, I find it hard to believe that Police Officers will not help people.

It Takes Time and Vigilance to Regain Your Good Name

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

In December 1999 I received a letter from Citifinancial stating I owed them $2500 for a purchase I made with their financial institution. This seemed odd to me and I thought it was just a misunderstanding and called the company to find out what the situation was. They first confirmed with me my social security number and it was definitely mine. So then I really didn't understand what happened, but they said they would take care of it and not to worry.

The Credit Grantor Ignored Her

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Approximately four years ago I was a victim of true-name fraud where none of my own accounts were touched or anything was stolen from me. Someone just stole my personal information and started to open accounts under my name.

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