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December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The University of California has agreed to pay the federal government $2.8 million over a security breakdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under the settlement, the university has accepted responsibility for the violations, the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a statement.
December 6, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
An illegal immigrant from Lebanon who became an agent for the FBI and CIA allegedly used her access to sensitive U.S. government secrets to help her brother-in-law, a suspected major fundraiser for the terrorist group Hezbollah, according to new details concerning a national security breach that emerged Wednesday.
January 31, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Los Alamos National Laboratory has started random drug testing of its scientists, engineers and other employees after finding secret nuclear weapons data in a former worker's residential trailer, lab officials told a House investigation panel Tuesday. Police discovered about 1,500 pages of classified information, along with methamphetamine pipes, while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a trailer park in Los Alamos, N.M., in October.
January 6, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of harried passengers were evacuated Friday from both terminals at Oakland International Airport after an unidentified man bolted past security without being screened. Outbound flights were held and air travelers herded into the parking lot while officials searched for the man, who was not found. Airport Drive, which leads to the terminals, was also closed to traffic. "Our parking lot was completely full of passengers," said Joanne Holloway, an airport spokeswoman.
August 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Education Department said Wednesday that it would arrange for free credit monitoring for as many as 21,000 student loan borrowers after their personal data appeared on its website. Terri Shaw, the department's chief operating officer for federal student aid, said the people involved were holders of federal direct student loans who used the department's loan website -- -- between Sunday and Tuesday.
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.
July 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Both terminals at John Wayne Airport were evacuated Sunday evening and passengers taken off airplanes after a female passenger made it past a security checkpoint without being screened, authorities said. As a result, hundreds of travelers were required to undergo a second security check, Nico Melendez of the Transportation Security Administration said.
August 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cal Poly Pomona officials are notifying more than 31,000 current and former students and employees, as well as a number of student applicants, that hackers may have gained access to files containing Social Security numbers and other information. Ron Fremont, Cal Poly's associate vice president for university relations, said authorities have no evidence of misuse of any data in the June 29 incident. The main student database was not affected, he said.
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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