A thief has stolen a computer laptop containing personal information about nearly 100,000 University of California, Berkeley alumni, graduate students and past applicants, continuing a recent outbreak of security breakdowns that has illustrated society's growing vulnerability to identity theft.
University officials announced the March 11 theft on Monday under a state law requiring that consumers be notified whenever their Social Security numbers or other sensitive information has been breached.
A new U.S. government decision extending wiretapping regulations to the Internet raises far more questions than it answers.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 last week to prohibit businesses from offering broadband or Internet phone service unless they provide police with backdoors for wiretapping access. Formal regulations are expected by early next year.
But the commissioners didn't give the FBI and its allies at the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration everything they wanted.
he Transportation Security Administration misled the public about its role in obtaining personal information about 12 million airline passengers to test a new computerized system that screens for terrorists, according to a government investigation.
The report, released Friday by Homeland Security Department Acting Inspector General Richard Skinner, said the agency deceived individuals, the press and Congress in 2003 and 2004. It stopped short of saying TSA lied.
A survey of Londoners has found that 92 per cent of them will give a stranger all the information required to steal their identity.
Researchers offering the chance to win theatre tickets questioned over 200 people. Over the course of a three-minute interview the researchers asked a series of questions about theatre habits but also extracted names, addresses, school history and the names of parents and siblings.
Boston College is fighting against an attack on its fund-raising databases, which may have exposed the personal data of more than 100,000 alumni.
College representatives said Thursday that the school was the target of a virus attack on a computer housed in a campus calling center used by students to solicit donations from alumni. According to Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn, the machine in question is managed by a third-party IT service, which the school has chosen not to publicly identify.