Theft, Human Error To Blame for Breaches
DATA LOSS—U.S.April 1, 2011
Human error and theft have left thousands of personal records vulnerable to inappropriate access across the U.S. Washington's Wenatchee Valley College accidentally included 3,800 former students' Social Security numbers (SSNs) in records sent to a local law firm in response to a public records request. A Maine bank shut down its online banking service in March after noticing suspicious activity. A suspect has been arrested for stealing a computer containing patients' names and medical information from a New York University School of Medicine physician's office. And, a list of names and SSNs of veterans with upcoming appointments at a Virginia Veterans Administration medical center was found in a government vehicle. There have been no reports of misuse of the data in any of these cases.