Chronology of Data Breaches
Security Breaches 2005 - Present

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

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Breach Total
867,217,832 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,257 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005

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Date Made Publicsort icon Name Entity Type
September 16, 2006 Howard Rice, Morris Davis Chan
Oakland, California
BSF PORT

500

A Morris auditor's laptop was stolen from the auditor's car. The laptop had three spreadsheets with the names and Social Security numbers of Howard employees. Pension plan, 401(k) and profit-sharing account information was also exposed.

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

September 17, 2006 U.S. Dept. of Education, Direct Loan Servicing
Greenville, Texas
GOV DISC

21,000

A security breach exposed private information of student loan borrowers from Aug. 20-22 during a computer software upgrade. Users of the DOE's Direct Loan Web site were able to view information other than their own if they used certain options when accessing the program's web pages. SSNs were among the data elements exposed online.  Software company Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) created the technology for the Direct Loan Servicing feature on the DoE's site.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 21,000

September 18, 2006 DePaul Medical Center, Radiation Therapy Department
Norfolk, Virginia
MED STAT

More than 100 patients

(757) 889-5945

Two computers were stolen, one on August 28 and the other Sept. 11. Personal data included names, date of birth, treatment information, and some SSNs.

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

September 18, 2006 Olean Area Federal Credit Union
Olean, New York
BSF HACK

11

An unauthorized party managed to obtain financial information from a fraudulent credit union website link. The information included name, address, Credit Union account number, PIN and account password. More clients who live outside of New York may have been affected.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 11

September 18, 2006 Cochlear Americas
Englewood, Colorado
BSR HACK

480

A hacker accessed customer information from the online store. Customer names, credit card numbers, credit card expiration dates, shipping or billing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers may have been exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 480

September 19, 2006 Life Is Good
Hudson, New Hampshire
BSR HACK

9,250

Hackers accessed the retailer's database which contained customer's credit card numbers. The company said no other personal information was in the database.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 9,250

September 20, 2006 City of Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
GOV DISC

8,800 individuals whose identities were captured by red-light cameras

(912) 651-6565, http://www.savannahga.gov/security

Because of a hole in the firewall, a City server exposed personal information online for 7 months. Individuals identified by the Red Light Camera Enforcement Program are affected -- name, address, driver's license number, vehicle identification number, and SSNs of those individuals whose driver's license number is still the SSN.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 8,800

September 20, 2006 Berry College via consultant Financial Aid Services Inc.
Mount Berry, Georgia
EDU PHYS

2,093 students and potential students (of those, 1,322 are currently enrolled)

(800) 961-4692, http://www.berry.edu/stulife/idprotect/

Student applications for need-based financial aid were misplaced by a consultant -- in both paper and digital form. Data included name, SSN, and reported family income for students and potential students for the 2005-06 academic year.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 2,093

September 21, 2006 Pima County Health Department
Tucson, Arizona
GOV PHYS

2,500 (no SSNs or financial information reported)

Vaccination records on 2,500 clients had been left in the trunk of a car that was stolen Sept. 12. The car and records have since been recovered. Records included names, dates of birth and ZIP codes, but no SSNs or addresses.

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

September 21, 2006 U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau
Washington, District Of Columbia
GOV PORT

Unknown

https://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/miscellaneous/007497.html

The agency reported that 1,137 laptops have been lost or stolen since 2001. Of those, 672 were used by the Census Bureau, with 246 of those containing personal data. Secretary Gutierrez said the computers had protections to prevent a breach of personal information.

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

September 22, 2006 Purdue University College of Science
West Lafayette, Indiana
EDU STAT

2,482

 (866) 307-8520

A file in a desktop computer in the Chemistry Department may have been accessed illegitimately. The file contained names, SSNs, school, major, and e-mail addresses of people who were students in 2000.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 2,482

September 22, 2006 University of Colorado, Boulder, Leeds School of Business
Boulder, Colorado
EDU STAT

1,372 students and former students

(303) 492-8741

Two computers had been placed in storage during the school's move to temporary quarters in May. When they were to be retrieved Aug. 28, they were found missing. They had been used by 2 faculty members and included students' names, SSNs, and grades.

UPDATE (9/25/06): One of the computers was found.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,372

September 22, 2006 Several Indianapolis pharmacies
Indianapolis, Indiana
MED PHYS

Unknown

Earlier this year a local TV reporter from WTHR found that dozens of pharmacies disposed of customer records in unsecured garbage bins. Now the Indiana Board of Pharmacy has launched an investigation of 30 pharmacies. Both the Board and the Attorney General say that the pharmacies violated state law.

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

September 23, 2006 Erlanger Health System
Chattanooga, Tennessee
MED PORT

4,150 current and former employees

Records of hospital employees disappeared from a locked office on Sept. 15. They were stored on a USB jump drive. Information was limited to names and SSNs. Those affected included anyone who went through job status changes from Nov. 2003 to Sept. 2006.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 4,150

September 23, 2006 North Fork Bank
Melville, New York
BSF HACK

3,570

On the morning of July 31, criminals altered a link on the Personal Banking page of NorthForkBank.com that was designed to take visitors to the My NFB Online sign-on page and redirected them to a counterfeit website. The counterfeit website requested sensitive customer information, although it appears that the counterfeit website may not have functioned as intended. The altered link was identified and repaired within three hours and the hacker's access was terminated.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 3,570

September 25, 2006 Movie Gallery US
Gastonia, North Carolina
BSR PHYS

3,800

A large number of Movie Gallery's files and videos were found in a dumpster. The files contained personal information of people employed by Movie Gallery and people applying for jobs at the video store as well as people applying for movie rental membership. Movie Gallery has agreed to pay $50,000 to the State of NC for the breach.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 3,800

September 25, 2006 General Electric (GE)
Fairfield, Connecticut
BSO PORT

50,000 employees

An employee's laptop computer holding the names and Social Security numbers of approximately 50,000 current and former GE employees was stolen from a locked hotel room while he was traveling for business.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 50,000

September 27, 2006 New York Life Insurance Company
Boston, Massachusetts
BSF STAT

Unknown

A life insurance agent reported that two desktops were stolen from his office.  Customer names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth and policy numbers may have been exposed. An unspecified number of customers nationwide were affected.

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

September 28, 2006 North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Louisville, North Carolina
GOV STAT

16,000

(888) 495-5568

A computer was stolen from a NC Dept. of Motor Vehicles office, reported Sept. 10. It contains names, addresses, driver's license numbers, SSNs, and in some cases immigration visa information of 16,000 people who have been issued licenses in the past 18 months. Most are residents of Franklin County.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 16,000

September 28, 2006 Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Springfield, Illinois
GOV PHYS

40

Documents found by state auditors in recycling bins in a hallway contained IDOT employee names and SSNs.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 40

September 28, 2006 Stevens Hospital Emergency Room via dishonest employee of billing company Med Data
Edmonds, Washington
MED INSD

30

A manager for the hospital's billing company, Med Data, stole patients' credit card numbers. She gave them to her brother who bought $30,000 worth of clothes and gift cards over the Internet. The woman is scheduled for sentencing in Nov. and her brother's trial is expected Jan. 2007.

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

September 28, 2006 New York State Banking Department
New York, New York
BSF DISC

19,640

During the routine process of indexing the search engine of the Department's website, data files from the 2005 Volume of Operations Reports were inadvertently made accessible to members of the public between July 27 and August 29. Personal information included the Social Security numbers of all independent contractors employed by both licensed mortgage bankers and registered mortgage brokers. Social Security numbers of all felons employed by those registrants who also opted to electronically failed their 2005 VOO reports were also available through the Department's website search engine.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 19,640

September 29, 2006 University of Iowa Department of Psychology
Iowa City, Iowa
EDU HACK

14,500

A computer containing SSNs of 14,500 psychology department research study subjects was the object of an automated attack designed to store pirated video files for subsequent distribution.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 14,500

September 29, 2006 Kentucky Personnel Cabinet via Bluegrass Mailing
Frankfort, Kentucky
GOV DISC

146,000

State employees received letters from the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet with their SSNs visible through the envelope windows.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 146,000

September 29, 2006 Nationwide Agribusiness, Farmland Mutual Insurance Company
Columbus, Ohio
BSF PORT

306

A laptop computer was stolen from the home of an employee on or around May 23.  This laptop contained claimants' names, Social Security numbers and addresses.  Nationwide Agribusiness learned of the theft in early September and began the process of developing a privacy and security awareness package for all employees.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 306

October 2, 2006 Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac)
Seattle, Washington
GOV PORT

6,939 current and former Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees

http://www.portseattle.org, (888) 902-PORT

Six CDs missing from the ID Badging office at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hold the personal information of 6,939 airport workers. The data include names, addresses, birth dates, SSNs and driver's license numbers, telephone numbers, employer information, and height/weight. The data on the disks were scanned from paper applications for airport badges. The port learned of the missing disks on September 18 and sent letters to the affected employees on Oct. 2.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 6,939

October 2, 2006 Citigroup
Chicago, Illinois
BSF PORT

11

An employee from a Pennsylvania branch reported a missing laptop after a flight. It is believed that the laptop may have been stolen from the employee's luggage after the bags were checked-in for a flight from Chicago to Philadelphia sometime around August 26. At least 11 New York residents and an unknown number of clients nationwide may have had their names, Social Security numbers, addresses and other information exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 11

October 3, 2006 Cumberland County
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
GOV DISC

1,200 employees of the county

Cumberland County (PA) officials removed salary board meeting minutes from their Web site because they contained the SSNs of 1,200 county employees. The information was included in minutes from meetings prior to 2000. The county no longer uses SSNs as unique identifiers for employees. Employees will be informed of the data breach in a note included with their paychecks.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 1,200

October 3, 2006 Willamette Educational Service District (ESD)
Salem, Oregon
EDU STAT

4,500 Oregon high school students [not included in total because not thought to contain sensitive info. such as SSNs]

Seven computers stolen from a Willamette Educational Service District office were believed to contain personal information of 4,500 Oregon high school students. Backup tapes indicate the computers hold information about the students' school clubs but do not contain sensitive information.

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

October 3, 2006 Picatinny Arsenal
Rockaway, New Jersey
GOV UNKN

Unknown

 If you have tips, call (973) 989-0652

28 computers are missing from the Picatinny Arsenal, a Department of Defense Weapons Research Center. The computers were reported lost or stolen over the last two years. None of the computers was encrypted. Officials state the computers did not contain classified information.

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

October 3, 2006 Western Financial Services Inc.
Englewood, Colorado
BSF PORT

43

A laptop lost during shipping contained names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and addresses.  The laptop was first discovered missing on or sometime before August 31. At least 43 New York residents were affected, but the number of affected customers nationwide was not reported.  Affected individuals were notified on October 4.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 43

October 4, 2006 Orange County Controller
Orlando, Florida
GOV DISC

Unknown

A Florida woman discovered her marriage license was visible on the Orange County (FL) controller's Web site with no information blacked out, not even SSNs. She discovered the breach because someone had applied for a loan in her name. The Orange County Comptroller is reportedly paying a vendor $500,000 to black out all SSNs by January 2008.

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

October 5, 2006 San Juan Capistrano Unified School District (CA)
San Juan Capistrano, California
EDU STAT

Unknown

Five computers stolen from the HQ of San Juan Capistrano Unified School District likely contain the names, SSNs and dates of birth of district employees enrolled in an insurance program.

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

October 5, 2006 Homecoming Financial Network Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
BSF DISC

988

On September 9, a web-based tool for mortgage brokers was released that allowed brokers to view all loan applications submitted by all other brokers. The information included names, Social Security numbers and addresses.  The flaw was discovered and fixed the next day.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 988

October 6, 2006 Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center
Oberlin, Ohio
GOV STAT

400

A computer hard drive missing from the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Oberlin (OH) contains the names and SSNs of at least 400 air traffic controllers.

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

October 6, 2006 Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base via Lincoln B.P. Management
Camp Pendleton, California
GOV PORT

2,400

A laptop missing from Lincoln B.P. Management Inc. holds personally identifiable data about 2,400 Camp Pendleton residents.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 2,400

October 6, 2006 StarCite Inc.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BSO PORT

Unknown

A laptop containing personal information of employees was stolen from a hotel room on September 13. The information included name, Social Security number, date of birth, address, date of hire, occupation, salary, supplemental insurance information, and identified the type and tier of medical and/or dental coverage.

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

October 9, 2006 Troy Athens High School
Troy, Michigan
EDU PORT

4,400

For questions or comments, call (248) 823-4035

A hard drive stolen from Troy Athens High School in August contained transcripts, test scores, addresses and SSNs of students from the graduating classes of 1994 to 2004. The school district and the superintendent have notified all affected alumni by regular mail.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 4,400

October 9, 2006 Atlantis Plastic Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia
BSR PORT

720

A laptop was stolen from Atlantis' accounting firm on October 5.  The laptop contained personal information for 720 participants in the Atlantis 401(k) plan.  Names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and 401(k) account balance information may have been exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 720

October 10, 2006 Florida Labor Department
Tallahassee, Florida
GOV DISC

4,624

The names and SSNs of 4,624 Floridians were accessible on the Internet for approximately 18 days in September. The data were not accessible through websites, but an individual came across the information when Googling his own name. The agency has asked Google to remove the pages from its cache, and has notified all affected individuals by mail.  Individuals who had registered with Florida 's Agency for Workforce Innovation were affected.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 4,624

October 11, 2006 Republican National Committee (RNC)
Washington, District Of Columbia
NGO DISC

76 RNC donors

http://www.nysun.com/national/gop-donors-personal-data-disclosed-in-rnc-privacy/41341/

The Republican National Committee (RNC) inadvertently emailed a list of donors' names, SSNs and races to a New York Sun reporter.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 76

October 11, 2006 DirecTV, Deloitte and Touche LLC
El Segundo, California
BSR PORT

55

A laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of some current and former DirecTV employees was stolen during a home burglary of a Deloitte and Touche LLP employee. The theft occurred sometime in August. Deloitte and Touche performs audits of The DirecTV Group's pension plans.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 55

October 12, 2006 U.S. Census Bureau
Washington, District Of Columbia
GOV PORT

Unknown

Additional location: Travis Co., TX

This spring, residents of Travis County, TX helped the Census Bureau test new equipment. When the test period ended, 15 devices were unaccounted for. The Census Bureau and the Commerce Department issued a press release saying the devices held names, addresses and birthdates, but not income or SSNs.

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

October 12, 2006 Congressional Budget Office
Washington, District Of Columbia
GOV HACK

Unknown

Hackers broke into the Congressional Budget Office's mailing list and sent a phishing e-mail that appeared to come from the CBO.

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

October 12, 2006 University of Texas, Arlington
Arlington, Texas
EDU STAT

2,500 students

http://www.uta.edu/oit/iso/Datatheft.php

Two computers stolen from a University of Texas faculty member's home hold the names, SSNs, grades, e-mail addresses and other information belonging to approximately 2,500 students enrolled in computer science and engineering classes between fall 2000 and fall 2006. The theft occurred on September 29 and was reported on October 2.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 2,500

October 12, 2006 Sears Holding Corporation
Winter Park, Florida
BSF PORT

Unknown

A laptop was stolen from the office on September 28. Certain customers had their information on an access database file that was on the laptop. Names, telephone numbers, addresses, account number, account types and account expiration dates were exposed.

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

October 13, 2006 Ohio Ethics Commission
Columbus, Ohio
GOV PHYS

Unknown

Papers belonging to the Ohio Ethics Commission were found floating on the wind in an alley. The documents are related to state employees' finances and contained SSNs and financial statements. They were supposed to be in the possession of the state archives.

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

October 14, 2006 T-Mobile USA Inc.
Bellvue, Washington
BSO PORT

43,000 current and former employees

A laptop computer holding personally identifiable information of approximately 43,000 current and former T-Mobile employees disappeared from a T-Mobile employee's checked luggage. T-Mobile has reportedly sent letters to all those affected. The data are believed to include names, addresses, SSNs, dates of birth and compensation information.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 43,000

October 14, 2006 CBA Information Solutions, Washington Savings Bank
Bowle, Maryland
BSF UNKN

Unknown

An unauthorized user gained access to the log in information of Washington Savings Bank. The unauthorized user could have accessed customer and non-customer names, Social Security numbers, addresses and credit histories. The breach occurred between September 15 and September 21. At least 20 New York residents were affected, but the nationwide total was not reported.

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

October 15, 2006 Poulsbo Department of Licensing
Poulsbo, Washington
GOV PORT

2,200

An unspecified “storage device” containing personally identifiable data of approximately 2,200 North Kitsap (WA) residents has been lost from the Poulsbo Department of Licensing. The data include names, addresses, photographs and driver's license numbers of individuals who conducted transactions at the Poulsbo branch in late September.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 2,200

Breach Total
867,217,832 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,257 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005
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