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Breaches Bring Investigations, Costs, Warnings

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 16, 2012

Naked Security reports that the personally identifiable information of a “large number” of NASA employees and contractors was exposed through the theft of an unencrypted laptop. Meanwhile, Adobe has announced an investigation into the release of 230 names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords that a hacker claims to have stolen from a company database containing 150,000 records; a former FBI official estimates the South Carolina Department of Revenue breach to cost businesses upwards of $330 million; Chicago election board officials announced the personal information of about 1,200 registered voters was exposed online, and Alere Home Monitoring is warning 100,000 patients taking anticoagulant drugs that their data was contained on a laptop stolen from an employee’s car.
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