Prison Loses USB Drive With Data On 3500 Visitors. Disk Encryption Not Used.

The San Quentin State Prison has announced that it has lost a flash memory drive with information on more than 3500 people.  The information included driver’s license numbers, names, and dates of birth.  The 3500 people were volunteers or groups who toured the facility.   Toured the facility.  Considering that San Quentin is still an […] read more

New Cold Boot Device Developed To Steal Passwords From Disk Encryption Protected Computers.

The Register reports that IntelGuardians, a penetration?testing firm, has built up on the Princeton research that showed how to extract encryption keys from computer memory, RAM.  They’ve created a device and named it “DaisyDukes,” and it plugs into a computer via the USB port.  No word on whether the device comes encased in cut?offs.  It’s […] read more

Stolen Bank Hard Drive Has One Million Customer Records And No Hard Disk Encryption.

A former programmer at Compass Bank stole a hard drive containing the information of one million customers from his employer.  He tried, with an accomplice, to execute card fraud by encoding the stolen information on blank debit cards.  He had created about 250 cards, and had successfully gotten money using 45 cards prior to being […] read more

HMO Data Breach Exposes Private Information On?Line. How Device Encryption Can Help.

BlueCross BlueShield is certainly having a busy 2008.  And it’s just the beginning of the year!  A CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield dental HMO, The Dental Network, has announced that the private information, of mostly Maryland and D.C. residents, has been available on the internet for a period of two weeks.  The accident may have affected approximately […] read more

NIH Loses Laptop Computer Without Hard Disk Encryption: Some Thoughts.

I blogged last night (much sooner than the mainstream media, it seems like—I know I didn’t see too many other articles at the time) about how the National Institute of Health had reported that a laptop with patients’ data was stolen.  At the time I said that it affected 2500 people and that the blame […] read more

NIH Loses Laptop Computer Lacking Hard Disk Encryption.

The National Institute of Health has reported that a laptop with patients’ data has been stolen.  The theft took place about a month ago, but the incident was not made public until today.  Approximately 2500 patients may be affected by the latest data security breach, since the laptop in question did not feature full disk […] read more

Agilent Surprised Full Disk Encryption Lacking On Stolen Laptop Computer.

Vindu Goel at the San Jose Mercury News has been keeping track of a story involving the theft of a laptop computer containing the personal data of 51,000 current and former employees of Agilent Technologies.  The data breach includes names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and company stock?related information.   In their letter to employees, Agilent […] read more

Indiana VA Arrests Laptop Theft. Still Doesn’t Know Whether There Was Full Disk Encryption.

A former patient has been charged with the theft of a laptop from a VA hospital last November.  If you’ll recall, the Indianapolis VA center found itself short of a laptop, two desktops, and assorted peripheral equipment.  The items were stolen over Veterans Day weekend, ironically enough.  One of the stolen computers contained information on […] read more

Georgia Getting It Only Half Right: Not Getting Hard Drive Encryption.

The Department of Human Resources (DHR) in Georgia has alerted current and former employees that the department has experienced a data breach.  The incident took place on March 19, when it was found that an external hard drive containing names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and federal tax information went missing.   One must […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption Could Help Aussie Government Avoid Data Breaches.

The West Australian is reporting how second?hand computers sold by the government may lead to data breaches.   An audit of disposed government computers—via donations, sales, and auctions—showed that sensitive and confidential information could be found in four out of ten computers.  The information ranged from salaries and other details of public servants to government […] read more