March 3, 2005 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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May 14, 2004 |
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.
April 24, 2004 |
A college student accused of hiding box cutters aboard airliners to expose security weaknesses pleaded guilty in Baltimore, and as part of a plea bargain made a video that could be used to train federal airport screeners. Nathaniel Heatwole could get as much as six months in jail and $5,000 fine at sentencing June 24. The 20-year-old student at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
April 13, 2004 |
Prosecutors have reduced the charges against a college student accused of hiding box cutters on four jetliners last year to expose weaknesses in airport security. Nathaniel Heatwole, 20, was originally charged with taking a dangerous weapon aboard an aircraft, a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors reduced the charge to bringing banned items into a passenger-screening area, a misdemeanor, court records show. The offense carries up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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March 13, 2004 |
A malfunctioning website may have allowed the Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information of more than 2,000 University of California applicants to be viewed by other students during this year's application process, UC officials said Friday. So far, the university knows of 108 applicants who definitely had some information displayed to other students, UC spokeswoman Lavonne Luquis said. Letters apprising those students of the lapse were sent out Thursday, she said.