Experian Data Breach Exposes PII of T-Mobile Customers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 15, 2015, credit reporting agency Experian discovered a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) of T-Mobile users including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and additional information housed in an Experian server, according an …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Underscores Why Businesses Must Ensure Information Security

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Information security is a critical concern for businesses to prevent embarrassing and costly data breaches that harm a company’s reputation and bottom line. The case of Corona, et al. vs. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is just one example among many of why businesses need to protect …

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OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page.

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Background Check Data Breach Affects 21.5 Million People

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. Information about the OPM background …

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300 Credit Reports Sent to Woman by Mistake

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman in Maine who requested a free credit report for herself online inside returned home one night to find her mailbox full with more than 300 credit reports addressed to her but containing confidential information belonging to other people, according to a report from WGME …

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Over One Billion PII Records Leaked in 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2015 Q1 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly report has revealed at least one billion records of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) were leaked in 2014, nearly 20% higher than in 2013 when approximately 800 million records were breached. The report also found that the number of security …

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Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Wednesday, January 28, 2015, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day “celebration” in the United States. Data Privacy Day encourages consumers to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data. For information about Data Privacy Day, visit the …

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Sony Pictures Faces Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. claims the company did not take adequate measures to prevent a “massive” data breach that compromised the data of 15,000 current and former Sony employees, according to a report available on the Top Class Actions website.

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Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports.

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Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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