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Data Compromised Through Third-Party Breaches

DATA LOSS

March 29, 2011

Hackers gained access to consumer data through third-party service providers in three recent breaches affecting the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Play.com and Game Show Network members. These breaches highlight the need for companies to identify what data they hold that others may want and who has access to that data, Michael Maloof of TriGeo Network Security told eWEEK. Maine Parks and Lands notified 970 Maine residents and attorneys general of other states of its breach, which compromised visitors' credit card numbers and expiration dates but not names. Meanwhile, Play.com shoppers' and Game Show Network members' e-mail addresses were accessed through third-party marketing firms.
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