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April 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Data apparently stolen from popular clothing retailer Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is forcing banks and credit card issuers to notify thousands of consumers that their credit card information may have been exposed. HSBC North America, a division of London-based HSBC Holdings, confirmed Thursday that it had begun notifying holders of the HSBC-issued, General Motors Corp.-branded MasterCard that criminals might have obtained access to their credit card information and that the cards should be replaced.
April 13, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Security breaches at information broker LexisNexis gave outsiders access to the personal data files of as many as 310,000 people -- about 10 times more than originally thought, the company said Tuesday. The disclosure increased the likelihood that lawmakers, angry about security lapses at U.S. data aggregators, would impose tighter rules on the largely unregulated industry that keeps detailed records about virtually every adult in the nation.
March 19, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
U.S. regulators voted Friday for a policy that would require banks to notify customers in certain cases of identity theft -- a proposal that consumer activists called inadequate. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. officials said the proposal, which its board of directors approved, had nothing to do with recent disclosures of security breaches at information brokers ChoicePoint Inc. and LexisNexis, as well as at Bank of America Corp.
March 3, 2005 | David Colker and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
The chief executive of information broker ChoicePoint Inc. told interviewers last week that a recent security breach was the only such incident in the company's history, despite the fact that criminals had gained access to its database with similar methods at least once before. "This is the first time that that kind of process has really happened for us," Derek Smith said in a Feb.
February 17, 2005 | Joseph Menn and David Colker, Times Staff Writers
The number of people being notified that they may have been caught in a massive identity-theft scam quadrupled Wednesday -- to 145,000 -- amid calls for better protection of personal information. ChoicePoint Inc., one of the nation's largest collectors of consumer data, said it would warn 110,000 people outside California that con artists posing as merchants had looked at information including addresses, phone listings, Social Security numbers and credit reports.
November 3, 2004 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Four computers containing the Social Security numbers and other personal information of some Wells Fargo & Co. borrowers were stolen last month in the third such security breach in a year, the San Francisco bank said Tuesday. Wells Fargo said the thefts occurred in early October from the Atlanta office of Napa, Calif.-based Regulus Integrated Solutions, which handles billing for banks.
October 12, 2004 | From Reuters
The U.N. on Monday proposed a major overhaul of its security apparatus, including 778 new positions, in response to devastating safety reports after the 2003 bombing of its offices in Iraq. In a report to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body needed a new directorate of security, based in New York, to unify its myriad safety structures around the world. "A degree of risk cannot be avoided," he said. "The challenge is to mitigate it."
September 17, 2004 | From Reuters
The U.S. Army has dropped all charges against a colonel who served as an intelligence officer at the Guantanamo Bay naval base prison and had been accused of trying to take classified material from the base, officials said Thursday. Army Reserve Col. Jackie Duane Farr was the highest-ranking of three U.S. service members charged in 2003 in connection with suspected security breaches at the base in Cuba, where the United States is holding about 585 foreign terrorism suspects.
September 16, 2004 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Los Alamos National Laboratory has fired four workers who were implicated in recent security and safety breaches at the nuclear weapons facility, its director said Wednesday. A fifth employee will resign or be dismissed. The fired workers were among 23 suspended this summer in connection with two incidents at the New Mexico facility in July: the reported disappearance of two classified computer disks from the lab and a laser accident that injured a student intern.
May 14, 2004 | Charles Ornstein, Richard Marosi and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
Two Los Angeles County supervisors demanded an investigation Thursday into recent security breaches at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center by a former doctor trainee now suspected of killing a patient he met at the county hospital. The doctor, Warren Claudius Lemons, was arrested last month on suspicion of killing MacArthur Townsend, 22, by overmedicating the deaf-mute man with powerful sedatives during a sexual encounter at a Calexico hotel.
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