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Breaches Reported, Analyzed

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 8, 2012

The Associated Press reports on a Connecticut Department of Social Services investigation into whether as many as 8,500 client identification numbers "were erroneously provided to another state agency and then to some state lawmakers and other organizations" in what could constitute a violation of federal law. Multiple breaches at other organizations have also been reported this week, including one at a Connecticut university and another involving an Oregon nursing assistant who posted photographs of patients on a social networking site. Meanwhile, SearchSecurity reports that a preview of Verizon's forthcoming Data Breach Investigation Report indicates "poor password management practices" made possible most of the 2011 breach reports investigated.
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