When It Rains, It Pours. More Disks With Personal Information Go Missing In The UK.

I’m reading in the Daily Mail that the personal data of 16,000 children was lost at a London hospital (Hmm…  The headline says 16,000, the article says 160,000.  That’s a huge difference).  The data was contained on a computer disk.  Thankfully, the information was encrypted before being sent:  “BT couriered a fully encrypted disc containing […] read more

Medical Data Breach In British Columbia And New Brunswick.

Data tapes containing medicare billing information on 385 N.B. residents and 133 B.C. residents have gone missing.  An investigation is under way, although at this stage they believe the tapes are misplaced, not stolen (or lost, seems to be the implication).  The (much more believable) good news is that the tapes require specialized hardware and […] read more

Blood Banks In Need Of Endpoint Security? Potential Breach For 268,000 Donors.

A laptop was stolen in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago while personnel were preparing for a blood drive.  The laptop was inside a briefcase, so it looks to be a random theft in which the perp scored big time.   A spokersperson for Memorial Blood Centers said that they’ve begun to contact blood donors. […] read more

The Eight Myths Of Data Encryption: Laptop Security Is More Attainable Than You Think.

SC Magazine has an article regarding the eight myths of data encryption, and I would like to comment on some of them.  More specifically, I would like to comment on four of them, since only four of the eight were listed.  (I’m not sure if the article was posted in haste, or whether it’s a […] read more

Why Laptop Encryption Beats File Encryption When It Comes To Data Security.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use both (or that using both is not recommended).  But encrypting an entire laptop’s hard drive holds an ace over individual file encryption: convenient, one-stop security.   Once a computer’s entire disk is encrypted, the only thing the end user has to do is remember the username […] read more

Floppy Disks Used To Trounce Data Security In Formula One.

For those who don’t know, this has been a very busy year for Formula One, not in terms of racing, but in terms of data theft.  Over the past Thanksgiving weekend I had seen a blurb in a small Brazilian article about McLaren accusing Renault of stealing secrets (Formula 1 racing in Brazil…I never realized […] read more

In The Digital Age, The Sun Never Sets On The (Former) British Empire: Canada Has Laptop Security Woes, Following UK And India.

Or at least, it certainly feels like it.  In addition to last week’s UK government public relations fiasco with the two lost CDs—and the other post I had regarding a break-in into an Indian government military research lab, where three computers got stolen—there are reports from Canada that a consultant for the Provincial Public Health […] read more

German Authorities Cannot Crack Skype Encryption. Should You Use The Same for Your Endpoint Security?.

As I was scanning the news in some Spanish sites, I came across an article at eleconomista.es where German police profess having problems with the encryption used by Skype, the Internet-based telephone company now owned by eBay.  Based on the November 22nd article, the German police have been unable to decipher the encrypted calls.  The […] read more

Another Day, Another Data Breach At A Government Facility: US Department of Veteran Affairs Missing (Even More) Computers.

Hot on the trail of the UK Government’s misplacement of two CDs with sensitive information on nearly half of all Britannia, there’s a small story concerning the Veteran Affairs office in the US.  Three PCs, two of them desktop machines and one of them a laptop, are missing from a medical facility in Indiana.  The […] read more

UK Up In Arms Over Loss Of Two CDs. 25 Million Britons Affected By Lack of Data Encryption.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost two CDs containing the details of 25 million people in the United Kingdom.  With the official population of the UK at 60.5 million, this represents slightly less than half of all the people in that country.  The matter was grave enough, combined with other data breaches at the […] read more