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Breaches at Insurance Co, Payroll Co, and One ID Theft Conviction

DATA LOSS—U.S. & NEW ZEALAND

November 21, 2012

Hackers accessed the information, including Social Security numbers, of more than 28,000 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. customers in Georgia and an unknown amount in other regions of the U.S. spurring an FBI investigation, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile, a U.S. federal jury has convicted a man of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers after stealing more than 120,000 e-mail addresses belonging to iPad users. And in New Zealand, the personal information of 12 teachers at Nelson schools was added to a Waikato school's payroll list. The information included personal addresses, cellphone numbers and bank details. The breach is related to a new payroll system the Ministry of Education implemented, and it is being attributed to human error.
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