The Social Security Administration


Location

Washington, DC
United States
38° 53' 42.4032" N, 77° 2' 10.9176" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 13, 2011
geo: 
Washington, DC
United States
Records Breached: 

31,931

It appears that the Social Security Administration accidentally releases the names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of thousands of living U.S. citizens each year in a database called the "Death Master File".  Social Security officials revealed that the number of U.S. citizens mistakenly listed each year is about 14,000, while 90 million are accurately reported.  A Scripps Howard News Service review of three recent copies revealed 31,931 living U.S. citizens who'd had their Social Security numbers released to U.S. business groups.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Department of Social Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Location

Hartford, CT
United States
41° 45' 49.3596" N, 72° 41' 6.3348" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 3, 2012
geo: 
Hartford, CT
United States
Records Breached: 

130

A subpoena by the Department of Social Services revealed the names and Social Security numbers of multiple people.  The subpoena was in response to reports that state employees had engaged in food stamp fraud.  Instead of separate subpoenas for each individual, a sheet with 40 names and a sheet with 90 names were sent.  This allowed state employees who are under investigation to learn that their fellow employees were under investigation, as well as their Social Security numbers.

Source: 
Media

Motorola Mobility, Inc.


Location

Libertyville, IL
United States
42° 16' 59.0844" N, 87° 57' 11.268" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 3, 2012
geo: 
Libertyville, IL
United States
Extra Info: 

Customers who purchased a refurbished Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet from Woot.com between October and December 2011 are encouraged to visit motorola.com/xoomreturn or to call Motorola Mobility Customer Support at 1-800-734-5870 (Option 1) in order to determine if their tablet is affected.

Records Breached: 

100 (Unknown number of financial records and SSNs involved)

Approximately 100 out of a batch of 6,200 refurbished Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablets were sent to new customers without being completely wiped by Motorola.  The affected tablets were resold by Woot.com between October and December 2011.  Previous owners may have stored user names, passwords, email addresses, videos, photographs, and documents on the tablets.  There is also a possibility that any password-protected sites and applications could be accessed by people who bought the device refurbished.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Brigham Young University (BYU)


Location

Provo, UT
United States
40° 14' 1.8384" N, 111° 39' 30.7224" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 13, 2012
geo: 
Provo, UT
United States
Records Breached: 

1,300 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A staff member of the University Advisement Center at BYU accidentally included a complete list of international student names, email addresses, phone numbers, and student ID numbers in an email notification about a career workshop.  BYU immediately apologized for the error and noted that all of the student information except for student ID numbers could easily be found in the BYU directory.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Volunteer State Community College


Location

Gallatin, TN
United States
36° 23' 18.1716" N, 86° 26' 47.976" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 30, 2012
geo: 
Gallatin, TN
United States
Extra Info: 

Those with questions may call (615) 230-3390.

Records Breached: 

14,000

The University became aware of an unintended disclosure.  Files with the information of current and former faculty and former students were placed on a web server that was not secure.  The information could have been accessed anytime between 2008 and the discovery of the error.  Names and Social Security numbers were exposed.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

University of Florida


Location

Gainesville, FL
United States
29° 39' 5.8824" N, 82° 19' 29.3736" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
July 2, 2012
geo: 
Gainesville, FL
United States
Extra Info: 

The University of Florida maintains a page with their privacy breach incidents here: http://privacy.ufl.edu/

Records Breached: 

220

The information of former students and applicants was available online.  Former students and applicants who signed up for a roommate service online through Levin College of Law in the early 2000s had their Social Security numbers exposed.  The breach was discovered in May of 2012; the College of Law stopped using the software for the roommate service in the mid-2000s. Former students and applicants were mailed notifications on June 25.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

John Stewart Company (JSCo)


Location

San Francisco, CA
United States
37° 46' 29.748" N, 122° 25' 9.8976" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 23, 2012
geo: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A set of internal emails were sent to various JSCo employees on August 7 and August 13.  The emails contained the names, Social Security numbers, and in some cases, dates of birth of other employees.  Employees were instructed to delete the email upon discovery.  

Source: 
California Attorney General

UPMC


Location

Monroeville, PA
United States
40° 25' 16.248" N, 79° 47' 17.1672" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 22, 2012
geo: 
Monroeville, PA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

An assistant police chief filed a complaint alleging that the chief of policed breached federal privacy law.  The complaint alleges that the chief of police received information about ambulance dispatches that was primarily intended for paramedics and other active first responders.  He also claims the chief of police forwarded the information to a third party.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Eastern Illinois University


Location

Charleston, IL
United States
39° 29' 46.1256" N, 88° 10' 34.1472" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 24, 2013
geo: 
Charleston, IL
United States
Records Breached: 

430 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

At least 65 students received information about the grade point average of 430 students during early January 2013.  The breach occurred when a spreadsheet that contained the information and the E-number of 430 students was accidentally made available online.  

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Chapman University


Location

Orange, CA
United States
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 12, 2013
geo: 
Orange, CA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

An administrative error caused the personal information of some students to be exposed online.  The issue was discovered on February 27.  Authenticated users of Chapman's on-campus network could have viewed names, Social Security numbers, student identification numbers, and dates of birth.  The documents were blocked from access by unauthorized users once the breach was discovered.

Source: 
California Attorney General
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