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Education Reporter
NUMBER 241 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS FEBRUARY 2006

Personal Data Compromised in 2005
Computer hacking, data storage material disappearances, and theft of electronic records compromises privacy and safety, and can lead to identity theft and a nightmare of related problems. Following is a partial list of 2005 data records breaches involving any one (or combination) of the following: names, addresses, ID numbers, social security numbers, passwords, financial and medical records, and more.

2005
StatePublicizedNameType of breachNumber
VAJan 10George Mason Universityhacking30,000
CAJan 18University of Calif., San Diegohacking3,500
COJan 20University of Northern Coloradohard drive stolen15,790
Feb 5ChoicePointfraudulent access to data145,000
Feb 28Bank of Americadata tapes lost1.2 million
NCFeb 10North Carolina DMVdishonest contractor3.8 million
CAMar 11University of Calif., Berkeleylaptop stolen98,400
NVMar 12Nevada DMV, Donovancomputer stolen8,900
NVMar 20University of Nevada, Las Vegashacking5,000
CAMar 22California State Univ., Chicohacking59,000
ILMar 25Northwestern U., Kellogg Sch. of Mgmt.hacking21,000
Mar/AprLEXIS/NEXIS59 fraudulent breaches310,000
GAAprGeorgia Dept. of Motor Vehiclesdishonest insider"100s of thousands"
CAApr 6Univ. of Calif., San Franciscohacking7,000
CAApr 8San Jose Medical Group2 stolen computers185,000
MAApr 11Tufts Universityhacking106,000
CAApr 15Calif. Dept. of Health Serviceslaptop stolen21,600
Apr 18Internal Revenue Servicecomputer security flaws"millions"
MIApr 26Mich. State Univ., Wharton Centerhacking40,000
NJApr 28Wachovia, Bank of America, PNC Bank of Pittsburgh, Commerce Bankdishonest insiders680,000
OKApr 29Oklahoma State Universitymissing laptop37,000
COMay 2Colorado Health Departmentlaptop stolen1,600 families
May 3Time Warner40 backup tapes lost600,000
INMay 5Purdue Universityhacking11,360
VAMay 7U.S. Dept of Justicevendor laptop stolen80,000
CAMay 11Stanford Universitycomputer network breach10,000
ILMay 12Hinsdale Central H.S., Chicagohacking2,400
MIMay 18Jackson Community Collegehacking8,000
IAMay 18University of Iowahacking30,000
GAMay 19Valdosta State Univ. Georgiahacking40,000
INMay 20Purdue Universityhacking11,000
NCMay 26Duke University Medical Ctr.hacking14,000
Jun 10FDIC (Federal Deposit Insur. Corp.)computer security failure6,000
Jun 7Citigroupcomputer tapes lost3.8 million
MNJun 14Medica Health Plans (Minnetonka)hacking1.2 million
AZJun 17MasterCard Intl. (processing center)processor breach40 million
HIJun 18University of Hawaiidishonest insider150,000
NCJun 22East Carolina Universityhacking250
CTJun 24Univ. of Connecticut (UCONN)hacking72,000
OHJun 30Ohio State Univ. Medical Center2 laptops stolen15,000
CAJul 1Univ. of Calif., San Diegohacking3,300
MIJul 7Michigan State Universityhacking27,000
CAJul 6University of Southern Californiahacking270,000
AZJul 8Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ariz.backup tapes stolen57,000
DEJul 15University of Delaware3 computers stolen343
MOJul 25St. John's Regional Med. Ctr., Joplin2 computers stolen27,000
COJul 22University of Coloradohacking42,900
CAJul 31Calif. State Polytechnic, Pomonahacking31,077
CAAug 8Sonoma State Universityhacking61,709
TXAug 8University of North Texas, Dentonhacking38,607
UTAug 9University of Utah hacking100,000
IAAug 9Iowa Student Loan ProgramCD w/data disappears165,000
Aug 24United States Air Force (USAF)stolen from on-line AMS33,300
COAug 19University of Coloradocomputer server breach49,000
TXAug 30J.P. Morgan Bank, Dallaslaptop stolenunknown
SepBank of Americalaptop stolenundisclosed
OHSep 10Kent State University5 computers stolen100,000
OHSep 10Miami Universityonline exposure21,762
GASep 29University of Georgiahacking1,600
TNOct 29University of Tennesseeinadvertent posting to listserv1,900
TNNov 2Univ. of Tennessee Medical Ctr.laptop stolen3,800
INNov 18Indiana University"malicious software"5,300
GANov 11Georgia Institute of Technologycomputer stolen13,000
CANov 4USC Keck School of Medicinecomputer stolen50,000
WANov 19Boeingcomputer stolen161,000
PADec 1Firstrust Banklaptop stolen100,000
NYDec 2Cornell Universityhacking900
IADec 12Iowa State Universitysecurity breach5,500
MIDec 22Ford Motor Companycomputer stolen70,000

Sources: Personal Data Security Breaches: Context and Incident Summaries, CRS Report for Congress, Dec. 16, 2005, https://www.opencrs.com/document/RL33199/2005-12-16/; http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach/; rfid: Government Identification Documents and "Tracking" Issues, http://aclunc.org/privacy/technology/yes768/050808-rfid-packet.pdf; news articles; and press releases.


 
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