Northwestern University


Location

Evanston, IL
United States
42° 2' 28.1076" N, 87° 41' 24.2124" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 20, 2005
geo: 
Evanston, IL
United States
Records Breached: 

17,500

Hackers gained access to multiple computers and gathered user ID and password information from the University's network.  The personal information for around 500 faculty members, 2000 staff members, and 14,000 alumni was compromised. 

Source: 
Media

Christus St. Joseph's Hospital


Location

Houston, TX
United States
29° 45' 47.8224" N, 95° 21' 47.7792" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 26, 2005
geo: 
Houston, TX
United States
Records Breached: 

16,000

Two computers used for converting paper medical records into digital files were stolen.  One of the computers contained Social Security numbers and medical records for hundreds of patients.  Letters were sent to about 16,000 patients.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Merlin Information Services


Location

Kalispell, MT
United States
48° 12' 1.9116" N, 114° 18' 54.3672" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
May 28, 2005
geo: 
Kalispell, MT
United States
Records Breached: 

5,875

An individual fraudulently obtained personal information about thousands of victims from Merlin Information Services and used that information to commit identity theft by opening up credit card accounts. He posed as a private investigator, thus giving Merlin the impression that he was a legitimate user of their services. He conducted at least 1,873 queries through the Merlin system to obtain information on approximately 5,875 people.

Source: 
Media

University of Colorado, Boulder


Location

Boulder, CO
United States
40° 0' 53.9496" N, 105° 16' 13.9656" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
July 21, 2005
geo: 
Boulder, CO
United States
Records Breached: 

49,000

Prospective students, current students, staff, faculty and University health care service recipients may have had their data exposed in a campus server breach.  The information included names, Social Security numbers, addresses, student ID numbers, birth dates, and lab test information. The University mailed letters and sent emails to the individuals affected.

UPDATE (08/20/2005) The number of students affected was increased from an estimate of 42,000 to 49,000.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Miami University


Location

Hamilton, OH
United States
39° 23' 58.2036" N, 84° 33' 40.8096" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 15, 2005
geo: 
Hamilton, OH
United States
Records Breached: 

21,762

A report containing Social Security numbers and grades of students was accessible online for three years.  The University is attempting to contact those affected via letters and emails.  A graduate alerted the University to the exposure after running a Google.com search of her name.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Boeing


Location

Chicago, IL
United States
41° 51' 0.1188" N, 87° 39' 0.1872" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
November 19, 2005
geo: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Records Breached: 

161,000

A laptop containing names, Social Security numbers, bank account information and other human resources data was stolen.  Affected current and former employees were notified.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Iowa Student Loan


Location

Des Moines, IA
United States
41° 36' 1.962" N, 93° 36' 32.7816" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 29, 2005
geo: 
Des Moines, IA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A CD-Rom including Social Security numbers, last name and state of residence was lost while in transit from an outside business partner.

Source: 
Security Breach Letter

Papa John's


Location

Louisville, KY
United States
38° 15' 9.594" N, 85° 45' 30.4416" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
November 7, 2005
geo: 
Louisville, KY
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

An error made thousands of customer comments and internal corporate emails available to anyone searching the Internet.  Customer comments submitted between September 29 and November 7 were viewable and had customer names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses attached.  The company stated that "customer feedback over the last five weeks...could be viewed by a user who would have to enter a very specific, unpublished URL."  The system now requires a password.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

Kaiser Permanente


Location

Oakland, CA
United States
37° 48' 15.7392" N, 122° 16' 14.8908" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 11, 2005
geo: 
Oakland, CA
United States
Records Breached: 

140

A disgruntled employee posted information on her blog noting that Kaiser Permanente included private patient information on systems diagrams posted on the Web.

UPDATE (6/21/2005): The California Department of Managed Health Care fined Kaiser $200,000 for exposing the confidential health information.

Source: 
Dataloss DB

TD Ameritrade


Location

Omaha, NE
United States
41° 15' 14.4216" N, 95° 59' 57.3288" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 20, 2005
geo: 
Omaha, NE
United States
Records Breached: 

200,000

A backup tape was lost, stolen, or accidentally destroyed while being shipped.  The tape contained account information from clients or former clients between the years of 2001 and 2003.  Ameritrade notified the affected clients and offered one free year of credit protection services.

Source: 
Dataloss DB
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