UK Encryption: Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Fined £150,000 For Stolen Hard Drive.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined an insurance company, Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA), a total of £150,000 for the theft of an external storage device with information on nearly 60,000 clients (and credit card details for 20,000 people).   Stolen From a Locked Room Unlike your run-of-the-mill hard drive theft cases, there […] read more

License Plate Scanners, Prostitution, and Big Data: Big Mistake.

You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. These words or their variation are uttered a lot by people who try to justify some very questionable actions. For example: In a statement issued by her office Wednesday, [LA City Council Member Nury] Martinez said, “If you aren’t soliciting, you have no reason […] read more

Data Encryption: Apartment Front Office Broken Into For Personal Info.

According to click2houston.com, the front office of a Houston apartment complex was broken into in August, resulting in the theft of personal information for hundreds of people.  What’s new, right?  Well, it turns out the thieves got the information from a filing cabinet.  In other words, because a computer or other electronic media was not […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Medical Record Theft From Shed Affects 40,000 In Jersey City.

Tens of thousands of patients were affected by a medical data breach in New Jersey.  Patient health records, collected between 1982 and 2009, were stolen from the shed of a Jersey City doctor.  The story would be unremarkable except for the number of people involved and the fact that information was stored on paper.  This […] read more

Automatic USB Encryption: Two US Power Companies Infected By Malware Via USB Drives.

According to techworld.com.au, two unnamed power companies in the US were infected when malware-infested USB drives were connected to corporate computers.  The recommendation put forth was to adopt new USB guidelines, “including the cleaning of a USB device before each use.”  The question is “how long will that last?”  How about a better approach, something […] read more