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June 30, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
An extremely apologetic Bank of America representative called me the other day with the news that I had fallen victim to one of the hazards and vicissitudes of post-modern American life: the theft of one's Social Security number from the files of a major international corporation. BofA reported that my number, along with my name, address, telephone number and online banking ID, were all stored in a bank laptop stolen from a car in the Bay Area five weeks ago.
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OPINION
April 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The discovery of the Heartbleed bug, an online security flaw that's alarmingly widespread, was just the latest reminder of how vulnerable Internet users are to the mistakes made by others. In this case, a programming error in a supposedly secure Internet communications protocol allowed hackers to steal passwords, credit card details and other sensitive information from websites for up to two years before the problem was found. A new version that removed the bug quickly became available, but even if Internet users change their passwords and credit card numbers, their personal information will still be up for grabs until the websites they used for banking, shopping and services install the update.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 2010 | By Gregory Karp
Customer information collected by three companies, including McDonald's Corp. and Walgreen Co., has been compromised in recent days. The incidents highlight the vulnerability of that information, especially when consumers, overwhelmed with the number of online log-ins they need, use "dumb" passwords for their accounts, experts say. Recent breaches contained such information as names and e-mail addresses. They did not involve crucial personal information, such as Social Security, bank account and credit card numbers, the companies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Carla Rivera
The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Saturday that it is investigating a potential security breach of its credit card processing services, but officials said the agency had no immediate evidence that its computer system had been hacked. The DMV was alerted by law enforcement officials about the possible breach and has "heightened monitoring" of all of its Web traffic and credit card transactions, the agency said in a prepared statement. The agency is also in contact with credit card companies and the vendor who processes its online transactions.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2003 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military is expanding its probe of possible security breaches at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp following disclosures that two servicemen who worked at the maximum-security compound have been arrested on suspicion of espionage.
NEWS
June 25, 2000 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two more security breaches involving classified data have been found at the Energy Department's beleaguered Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, government officials said Saturday. In the first, a pair of floppy computer disks containing sensitive nuclear information were missing for 24 hours last week before they were found attached to a paper report in another secured area, officials reported. The second breach involved an unlocked storage room door.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
In the wake of data security breaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would upgrade all of its computers with a new encryption technology. The agency has been struggling to restore credibility to its handling of sensitive data after the theft in May of a laptop and external drive containing the personal information of 26.5 million veterans.
NEWS
March 30, 1989 | From Times wire services
A former Indian beauty queen at the center of a British sex and politics scandal has been on the island of Bali since the beginning of the week, immigration officials said today. Locals say 27-year-old Pamella Bordes, who has been working as a researcher at the House of Commons for a Conservative member, is in hiding near the hill town of Ubud.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A longtime Newark Liberty International Airport security worker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of stealing the identity of a man slain 20 years ago to conceal his illegal immigration status -- a case that has embarrassed an airport already under scrutiny for security lapses. The man whom police identified as Bimbo Oyewole, but who had lived and worked as Jerry Thomas since 1992, had his first court hearing in Essex County, N.J., a day after his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to identity theft and was being held on $250,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Transportation Security Administration labeled the drug-smuggling case at Los Angeles International Airport that came to light Wednesday as a "significant" breach in security . If so, there's a bigger problem than just the LAX case. Earlier this month, a former TSA officer admitted his role in a drug-smuggling scandal from 2010 to 2011 on the East Coast. The case is taking place in New Haven , Conn., and others involved have already pleaded guilty. Here's what the Hartford Courant reported on April 17 : "Three Transportation Security Administration officers, two police officers and more than a dozen drug dealers in Florida, New York and Connecticut are charged in the smuggling conspiracy that delivered illegal oxycodone pills from Florida to the Waterbury [Conn.]
WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The FBI is deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday. He said that a fourth passenger, whom he described as an infant flying with the three Americans, also may be a U.S citizen. "This gives us entree" to the case, the official said, speaking confidentially because the FBI investigation is just beginning.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - A Target Corp. official told a Senate committee that a massive security breach affecting up to 110 million holiday shoppers lasted three days longer than previously thought. Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan disclosed the latest information in written testimony at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering ways to protect consumers' personal information. The malicious software that enabled hackers to steal information from credit and debit cards from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 was later found on 25 additional checkout machines and continued to collect shoppers' information for three more days, Mulligan wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A homeless man bypassed security systems at Los Angeles City Hall last week, going into a councilman's office where he wrote on a wall and chased away aides before being arrested, city officials said. The transient, described by police as being under the influence of narcotics, breached security shortly before 4 p.m., entering through doors on the building's Spring Street side that are typically locked to the public. The man walked through those doors as someone else was exiting the building, according to an advisory issued by the Los Angeles Police Department to city employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified, including major elements of the $1-billion iPad project. The next phase of the iPad project "will cost a quarter of a billion dollars or more," Ratliff told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Californians who use the Internet will get new protection against identity theft and tracking of their personal data under a cluster of bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. One measure requires state agencies and businesses that operate websites to notify people when security information, including their user names and passwords, has been breached. "Many consumers now conduct their day-to-day personal business online, including banking and paying bills, which creates more opportunities for sophisticated cybercriminals to access and steal their personal information," said Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro)
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After being attacked by a hacker who stole 6.5 million of its passwords, LinkedIn is now being sued by one of its users for $5 million. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Northern California by an Illinois woman named Katie Szpyrka who in the lawsuit says LinkedIn failed to safeguard its users passwords. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, says LinkedIn did not meet its privacy policy, which states that the business social network protects its 160-million users' information with industry-standard protocols and technology.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Officials at a medium-security prison in the Sierra Nevada foothills have been chastised in a state report for security problems associated with the use of explosives on prison grounds. Security at a Sierra Conservation Center construction site was "generally casual," according to a draft report by the state inspector general's office.
NEWS
October 31, 2001
MILITARY FRONT The United States has deployed a small number of ground troops in Afghanistan as part of a stepped-up effort to help opposition forces seeking to overthrow the Taliban regime, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld confirmed. ANTHRAX Anthrax infections in two East Coast women--the nation's 15th and 16th anthrax victims--with no known links to contaminated letters led some government officials to express concern that the disease might be spreading through general mail.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LulzSec Reborn, a hacker group, has claimed to have obtained the credentials of 10,000 Twitter accounts after hacking a third-party app, but according to Twitter, all the accounts have remained secure. The group of hackers, which is based off the hacker group LulzSec that arose last summer, posted a note on PasteBin over the weekend saying it had posted the passowords and other credentials of Twitter accounts by hacking an app called TweetGif.  LulzSec Reborn, which has remained quiet since hacking MilitarySingles.com in March, posted a user table from the app. The table includes users' Twitter handles, passwords, actual names, locations, bios, avatars, the tokens they enter to activate the app and their last tweet as well, according to PCMag . But although the hackers posted the information and it remains online, Twitter says no security breaches have occurred, attributing the security to TweetGif's use of OAuth, which is a way to connect users' accounts to Twitter.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A longtime Newark Liberty International Airport security worker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of stealing the identity of a man slain 20 years ago to conceal his illegal immigration status -- a case that has embarrassed an airport already under scrutiny for security lapses. The man whom police identified as Bimbo Oyewole, but who had lived and worked as Jerry Thomas since 1992, had his first court hearing in Essex County, N.J., a day after his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to identity theft and was being held on $250,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.
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