FAA Screws 45,000 Employees

Someone at the FAA neglected to secure one of their systems and allowed all of the personally identifiable information on 45,000 employees to leave the network.  Details are scant right now, but I don’t...

University of Florida Screws its Students

Dumbass students put a spreadsheet or database containing almost 12,000 students names, addresses and social security numbers online, with no security protection. Why? So one or two of them could access the data from...

British MoD Screws 600,000 Recruits

The bad news is that 600,000 people may have their personal information exposed because one idiotic recruiter left his unencrypted laptop in his car overnight and it was stolen. The good news is that...

Home Depot Screws its Employees

Data Loss? You can do it. We can help.™ Home Depot’s soon-to-be-fired regional manager left a laptop in his car so thieves could break in and steal it. It had the names, addresses and...

The Gap Screws 800k Job Applicants

The Gap group, which includes Gap Stores, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, hired an external consultant to manage their job applications.  For some stupid reason, the consultant kept 800,000 applications on a single laptop...

Mizzou Can’t Patch Computers

Back in January, University of Missouri allowed hackers into the network through a weak online grant application.  They had to notify 1200 researchers that their social security numbers were up for sale on the...

BelchSpeak’s Best of 2006

2006 was a remarkable year in my life, and much of it was documented on the pages of this blog. This post should be considered a year-end restrospective on the events and items that...

UCLA Screws 800K

Lax security at the campus of UCLA allowed hackers a year and more to harvest and collect personally identifiable data from its servers. 800,000 people are being notified that their data was exposed. From...

Encrypted Hard Drives

I have documented in this space numerous times how the government and private industry have been screwing their employees and taxpayers by losing sensitive data to theft and downright negligence. You can click here...

GE Screws 50,000 Employees

GE had a laptop swiped from a hotel room that contained the names and socials of 50k current and former employees. The article does not say that the data on the drive was encrypted,...

Census Department Cant Count Laptops

After all of the brouhaha over the Veterans Administration and other federal agencies losing laptops, the Department of Commerce sheepishly raised their hand and announced that they have lost laptops too. Over the past...

TSA Screws Former Employees

This screwing was assisted by Accenture. It seems that some standard documents that contained the socials, birthdates and other personally identifiable information, were emailed, apparently without any encryption, to the wrong recipient. Duh. From...

AT&T Screws Its DSL Customers

It seems that AT&T left a vulnerability on one of their webservers that allowed hackers to peek inside its online database and steal credit card information on about 19,000 of its customers who purchased...