August 11, 2006 |
President Vladimir Putin ordered top officials to conduct a nationwide inventory of 50 million artworks at Russian museums, concerned that other treasures may be missing following the theft of $5-million worth of valuables from the famed Hermitage. Putin on Thursday told Cabinet officials to set up a commission by Sept. 1 to conduct the inventory, the president's office said.
June 29, 2006 |
The Veterans Affairs worker faulted for losing veterans' personal information had permission to access millions of Social Security numbers on a laptop from home, documents obtained by the Associated Press show. The department's documents raise questions as to whether top officials condoned a practice that led to a theft with the potential to affect 26.5 million veterans and active-duty troops.
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June 20, 2006 |
The J. Paul Getty Trust is prepared to return as many as 21 contested antiquities to Italy, its most significant concession to date, to settle a long-standing dispute with Italian authorities over allegedly looted art, according to sources familiar with the strategy. Getty negotiators could formally offer to return the objects, which include at least three masterpieces on display at the Getty Villa, as early as today in talks with Italian cultural officials, the sources said.
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June 10, 2006 |
A $100,000 pair of diamond earrings was stolen from a locked storage case at the Neiman Marcus store at the Stanford Shopping Center, but investigators are not sure how or when the jewelry disappeared, officials said. The disappearance of the dime-sized diamonds was discovered May 27 during a routine inventory, Palo Alto Police Sgt. John Costa said Friday. There was no evidence of a break-in, and investigators have not ruled out shoplifting or theft by an employee, Costa said.
June 3, 2006 |
Hotels.com, a unit of Internet travel agency Expedia Inc., said addresses and credit card information for about 243,000 of its customers were on a laptop computer stolen from the car of an employee at auditing firm Ernst & Young. The laptop was a random theft, and none of the information seems to have been accessed, Hotels.com spokesman Paul Kranhold said.
May 30, 2006 |
Two pieces from the treasure of King Croesus that were returned to Turkey from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after a long legal battle have been stolen and replaced with fakes, the culture and tourism minister said. Croesus' golden broach in the shape of a sea horse and a coin were switched with replicas at the Usak Museum in western Turkey, the minister, Atilla Koc, reported Sunday, confirming a news report. Croesus, the 6th century B.C.
May 26, 2006 |
The theft of a disk containing names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for as many as 26.5 million veterans and their spouses stirred fury in Congress on Thursday, as Republicans and Democrats pounced on Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, demanding to know why the agency's notorious computer security issues had not been fixed.
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May 12, 2006 |
The dynamite stolen last week near Big Bear City continues to trickle in. On Thursday, 40 sticks of the stolen explosive were found, deposited in front of a Moreno Valley fire station, said John D'Angelo, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A Riverside County bomb squad disposed of the explosives, he said. The dynamite -- 686 sticks -- and a 30-pound bag of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate were stolen from a small gold-mining operation.
May 6, 2006 |
Wells Fargo & Co., the second-largest U.S. mortgage lender, said Friday that a computer containing confidential data about mortgage customers and prospective customers was missing and may have been stolen. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, which has more than 23 million customers, said "a global express shipping company" had been delivering the computer from one of the bank's facilities to another.
April 27, 2006 |
Health insurer Aetna Inc. on Wednesday said a laptop computer containing personal information on about 38,000 of its members was stolen from an employee's car. The data include names, addresses and Social Security numbers, a spokeswoman said. According to the statement, there was no indication that data on the laptop had been compromised. "We have no reason to believe that there has been any unauthorized use of it," the company said.