Chronology of Data Breaches
Security Breaches 2005 - Present

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

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Breach Total
864,188,052 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,252 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005

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Date Made Publicsort icon Name Entity Type
November 13, 2006 Connors State College
Warner, Oklahoma
EDU PORT

Considerably more than 22,500

(918) 463-6267, perline@connorsstate.edu

On Oct. 15, a laptop computer was discovered stolen from the college. (It has since been recovered by law enforcement). The computer contains Social Security numbers and other data for Connors students plus 22,500 high school graduates who qualify for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program scholarships.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 22,500

November 11, 2006 Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
BSO INSD

Unknown

1-888-222-8086

The names and Social Security numbers of Hertz employees dating back to 2002 were discovered on the home computer of a former employee.

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

November 10, 2006 KSL Services, Inc.
Los Alamos, New Mexico
BSO PORT

Approximately 1,000

A disk containing the personal information of approximately 1,000 KSL employees is missing. KSL is a contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,000

November 10, 2006 NYS Higher Education Services
Albany, New York
EDU PHYS

49

Paper documents were lost when the package containing them was damaged by a carrier's mechanical equipment.  The documents may have been thrown away by the carrier.  The information on the documents included name, Social Security number and address. At least 49 New York residents were affected, but the total number of people affected nationwide was not disclosed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 49

November 9, 2006 Four ARCO gas stations
Costa Mesa, California
BSR CARD

At least 440

Additional locations: Westminster and Torrance, CA

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 9, thieves used card skimmers to steal bank account numbers and PIN codes from gas station customers and used the information to fabricate debit cards and make ATM withdrawals.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 440

November 7, 2006 City of Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas
GOV HACK

5,800

Hackers broke into the city's web site and compromised the online job application database, which included Social Security numbers.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 5,800

November 7, 2006 Lehman College
Bronx, New York
EDU DISC

768

A class of 2006 Fall graduation list was found to be accessible online.  The file had only been available for 17 hours.  Classes, majors, names, Social Security numbers, addresses, home phone numbers and dates of birth were on the list.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 768

November 7, 2006 CIGNA HealthCare Corp
Bloomfield, Connecticut
BSF PORT

156 (149 SSNs)

The location listed is the headquarters. The breach may have occurred elsewhere.

The July 11 theft of an employee's laptop left sensitive data exposed. Names, tax identification numbers and Social Security numbers of people who used their Social Security number as a tax ID were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 149

November 6, 2006 Bowling Green Police Department
Bowling Green, Ohio
GOV DISC

Approx. 200 victims or suspects

The police dept. accidentally published a report on their website containing personal information on nearly 200 people the police had contact with on Oct. 21. Data included names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, etc.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 200

November 6, 2006 Ingersoll Rand
Montvale, New Jersey
BSO PORT

1510

The September 29 theft of an employee's laptop resulted in the exposure of emails with names and Social Security numbers of former employees. The laptop was stolen from the employee's car while it sat in a restaurant parking lot.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,510

November 3, 2006 University of Virginia (UVA)
Charlottesville, Virginia
EDU DISC

632 students

Due to a computer programming error, Student Financial Services sent e-mail messages to students containing 632 other students' Social Security numbers.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 632

November 3, 2006 West Shore Bank
Ludington, Michigan
BSF CARD

About 1,000

Customers' debit cards and possibly credit cards were compromised from a security break last summer at a common MasterCard point-of-purchase provider.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,000

November 3, 2006 Wesco
Muskegon, Michigan
BSR CARD

Unknown

Wesco gas stations experienced a breach in credit card transactions from July 25-Sept. 7 resulting in inaccurate charges to customer accounts.

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

November 3, 2006 Starbucks Corp.
Seattle, Washington
BSR PORT

60,080

1-800-453-1048

Starbucks lost track of four laptop computers. Two held employee names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. Current and former U.S. employees and about 80 Canadian workers and contractors were affected.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 60,080

November 3, 2006 Several Joliet area motels
Joliet, Illinois
BSO INSD

Unknown

Motel owners and employees allegedly stole and sold customers' credit card numbers.

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

November 2, 2006 Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs, Villanova University
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
BSF PORT

1,243 Villanova University students and staff

In September 2006, a laptop computer was stolen from the insurance brokerage firm. It contained client information including the names, birthdates, and drivers license numbers of Villanova University students and staff who drive university vehicles.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,243

November 2, 2006 Colorado Department of Human Services via Affiliated Computer Services (ACS)
Dallas, Texas
GOV STAT

Up to 1.4 million

For questions, call ACS at (800) 350-0399

On Oct. 14, a desktop computer was stolen from a state contractor who processes Colorado child support payments for the Dept. of Human Services. Computer also contained the state's Directory of New Hires.

UPDATE (12/07/2006) When initially posted to this list, the number 1.4 million was not added to the total because we could not confirm if SSNs were exposed. The PRC was contacted by an affected individual today who confirmed that names, addresses, SSNs and dates of birth were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,400,000

November 2, 2006 Greater Media, Inc.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BSO PORT

Unknown

A laptop computer containing the Social Security numbers of the radio broadcasting company's current and former employees was stolen from their Philadelphia offices.

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

November 2, 2006 McAlester Clinic and Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Muskogee, Oklahoma
MED PORT

1,400 veterans

Three disks containing billing information, patient names and Social Security numbers, were lost in the mail.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,400

November 2, 2006 Intermountain Health Care
Salt Lake City, Utah
MED PORT

6,244

A computer was purchased at a second-hand store, Deseret Industries, that contained the names, Social Security numbers, employment records, and other personal information about Intermountain Health Care employees employed there in 1999-2000.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 6,244

November 2, 2006 Compulinx
White Plains, New York
BSO INSD

Up to 50 Compulinx employees

The CEO of Compulinx was arrested for fraudulently using employees' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal information for credit purposes. (It is unclear whether customers' data was also used).

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 50

November 1, 2006 U.S. Army Cadet Command
Fort Monroe, Virginia
GOV PORT

4,600 high school seniors

1-866-423-4474, Email: mydata@usaac.army.mil 

A laptop computer was stolen that contained the names, addresses, telephone numbers, birthdates, Social Security numbers, parent names, and mother's maiden names of applicants for the Army's four-year ROTC college scholarship.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 4,600

October 31, 2006 Avaya
Maitland, Florida
BSO PORT Unknown
Additional location: Basking Ridge, NJ A laptop stolen from an Avaya employee on October 16 in Florida contained personally identifiable information, including names, addresses, W-2 tax form information and SSNs.  
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 31, 2006 Community National Bank, Crowe Chizek & Company LLC
Great Neck, New York
BSF PORT

90

The Bank was notified of a potential security breach by its auditor Crowe. Two laptops belonging to Crowe auditors were stolen from a car in a restaurant parking lot on October 12.  One laptop contained the names, Social Security or tax identification numbers, addresses and account numbers of clients from a November 2005 confirmation trial.  

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 90

October 31, 2006 Yates County Public Health
Penn Yan, New York
MED PORT

68

A laptop computer used for Child Health Plus, Medicaid and Family Health Plus plans was stolen from a vehicle on October 20. It contained application information which included name, Social Security number, date of birth, driver's license number, bank account and personal checking information and employer information. At least 68 New York residents were affected, but the total number of affected individuals nationwide was not revealed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 68

October 30, 2006 National Financial Partners (NFP)
New York, New York
BSF INSD

4,327

A former payroll department employee may have had access to former and current employee information.  The information included Social Security numbers, addresses and birth dates.  The employee was not authorized to view the information.  It is unclear if the employee still had access to the electronic files after termination.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 4,327

October 29, 2006 New York University
New York, New York
EDU PORT

30,000

Backup CDs from the Continuing Medical Education program at NYU Medical Center were lost or stolen.  Names, Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, student ID numbers, debit or credit card information and degree information for students participating in the program between 1999 and the discovery of the loss may have been exposed.

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

October 27, 2006 Gymboree
San Francisco, California
BSR PORT

up to 20,000 employees

A thief stole 3 laptop computers from Gymboree's corporate headquarters. They contained unencrypted human resources data (names and Social Security numbers) of thousands of workers.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 20,000

October 27, 2006 Hancock Askew & Co.
Savannah, Georgia
BSO PORT

Unknown

On October 5, 2006, a laptop computer containing 401(k) information for employees of at least one company (Atlantic Plastics, Inc.) was stolen from accounting firm Hancock Askew.

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

October 27, 2006 LexisNexis
Boca Raton, Florida
BSO PORT

449

A package containing an employee's laptop computer was lost by an overnight courier service during shipping.  The laptop may have included the names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, dates of birth and addresses of certain individuals.  At least 53 residents of Maine and 396 residents of New York were affected, but the total number of affected individuals nationwide was not reported.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 449

October 27, 2006 Link Staffing Services
Houston, Texas
BSO STAT

332,000

On September 26 it was discovered that a computer server was stolen during an office burglary. The server had employee names and Social Security numbers. Current and former employees were notified at the end of October after an investigation of the breach.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 332,000

October 26, 2006 Akron Children's Hospital
Akron, Ohio
MED HACK

235,903

Overseas hackers broke into two computers at Children's Hospital. One contains private patient data (including Social Security numbers) and the other holds billing and banking information.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 235,903

October 26, 2006 Empire Equity Group
Charlotte, North Carolina
BSF PHYS

Unknown

Mortgage files that included personal financial details about loan applicants were found in a dumpster. Empire Equity will pay $12,500 to the State of NC.

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

October 26, 2006 LimeWire
Denver, Colorado
BSO HACK

75

http://www.denverda.org/News_Release/Releases/2006%20Release/Computer%20security%20alert.pdf

The Denver Police Dept. reports that LimeWire's file-sharing program was exploited to access personal and financial information from approximately 75 different individual and business account names from all over the country. The information, which included tax records, bank account information, online bill paying records and other material, appears to have been stolen directly from computers that were using LimeWire's filesharing software program.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 75

October 25, 2006 Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Portland, Oregon
GOV PORT

900 current and former Oregon TSA employees

A thumb drive is missing from the TSA command center at Portland International Airport and believed to contain the names, addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers of approximately 900 current and former employees.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 900

October 25, 2006 Swedish Medical Center, Ballard Campus
Seattle, Washington
MED INSD

Up to 1,100 patients

(800) 840-6452

An employee stole the names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers from patients who were hospitalized or had day-surgeries from June 22 to Sept 21. She used 3 patients' information to open multiple credit accounts.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,100

October 25, 2006 Tuscarawas County and Warren County
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
GOV DISC

Unknown

Additional location: Warren County, OH

The Social Security numbers of some Tuscarawas and Warren County voters were available on the LexisNexis Internet database service. Local boards of elections may be the source of the information. 

UPDATE (11/1/06): LexisNexis says it has now removed the SSNs.

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

October 25, 2006 Department of Homeland Security
Portland, Oregon
GOV PORT

900

A computer storage device that may have held the personal information of current and former employees was lost or stolen. The device had names, Social Security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers. The device was discovered missing on October 16 at the Transportation Security Administration's command center at Portland International Airport.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 900

October 24, 2006 Jacobs Neurological Institute
Buffalo, New York
MED PORT

Unknown

The laptop of a research doctor was stolen from her locked office at the Institute. It included records of patients and her research data.

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

October 24, 2006 Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Bethpage, New York
BSF PHYS

106

A courier's envelope was delivered to the Credit Union ripped and missing the twenty reports it was supposed to contain.  Some of the reports contained confidential information such as name, address, telephone number, credit card number, and financial institution checking account number.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 106

October 23, 2006 Sisters of St. Francis Health Services via Advanced Receivables Strategy (ARS), a Perot Systems Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
MED PORT

266,200

(866) 714-7606

On July 28, 2006, a contractor working for Advanced Receivables Strategy, a medical billing records company, misplaced CDs containing the names and SSNs of 266,200 patients, employees, physicians, and board members of St. Francis hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. About 260,000 patients and about 6,200 employees, board members and physicians were affected for a total of 266,200.  Also affected were records of Greater Lafayette Health Services. The disks were inadvertently left in a laptop case that was returned to a store. The purchaser returned the disks. The records were not encrypted even though St. Francis and ARS policies require encryption.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 266,200

October 23, 2006 Chicago Voter Database
Chicago, Illinois
GOV DISC

1.35 million Chicago residents

An official from the not-for-profit Illinois Ballot Integrity Project says his organization hacked into Chicago's voter database, compromising the names, SSNs and dates of birth of 1.35 million residents. The Chicago Election Board is reportedly looking into removing SSNs from the database. Election officials have patched the flaw that allowed the intrusion.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,350,000

October 23, 2006 Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York
MED PORT

311

A flash drive that contained visitor names, Social Security numbers, children's names, children's dates of birth and dates of visit was lost or stolen during an emergency evacuation. A researcher working with data from New York Children's Environmental Study conducted in Community Medicine reported that the flash drive she left in her computer was missing after she returned sometime around October 5. 

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 311

October 20, 2006 Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York Harbor Health Care System
New York, New York
MED PORT

1,600

On Sept. 6, an unencrypted laptop computer containing veterans' names, Social Security numbers, and medical diagnosis, was stolen from the Hospital. Veterans who receive pulmonary care were affected.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,600

October 20, 2006 BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, HealthNow New York Inc., Administrative Services of Kansas
Buffalo, New York
BSF PORT

96

The theft occurred in a Kansas hospital. Potential HealthNow New York Inc. members were affected.

The laptop of an employee of HealthNow's outside claims vendor Administrative Services of Kansas was stolen during the lunch break of a presentation.  The laptop had potential member names and Social Security numbers.  The theft occurred sometime around June 19 and notification letters were sent on October 16.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 96

October 19, 2006 Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Minneapolis, Minnesota
MED PORT

Individuals in 17,000 households

A laptop stolen from a nurse's car on October 8 contains the names and SSNs of individuals in approximately 17,000 households participating in the Allina Hospitals and Clinics obstetric home-care program since June 2005.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 17,000

October 19, 2006 University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota
EDU PORT

200 students (not included in total)

In June, a University of Minnesota art department laptop computer stolen from a faculty member while traveling in Spain holds personally identifiable information of 200 students.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 200

October 17, 2006 City of Visalia, Recreation Division
Visalia, California
GOV PHYS

200 current and former employees

Personally identifiable information of approximately 200 current and former Visalia Recreation Department employees was exposed when copies of city documents were found scattered on a city street.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 200

October 16, 2006 Germanton Elementary School
Germanton, North Carolina
EDU STAT

Unknown

A computer stolen from Germanton Elementary school holds students' SSNs. The data on the computer are encrypted.

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

October 16, 2006 VISA, FirstBank (1st Bank)
Lakewood, Colorado
BSF UNKN

Unknown

FirstBank sent a letter to an unknown number of customers informing them their FirstTeller Visa Check Card numbers were compromised when someone accessed “a merchant card processor's transaction database.” The FirstBank letter said customers would receive new cards by October 27.

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

Breach Total
864,188,052 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,252 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005
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