Archive for January, 2011

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2011 starts with a reminder that privacy breaches cause harm

January 2, 2011

The first three breach posts of 2011 all involved insiders, and they all caused harm:

A breach report by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) that a call center employee with authorized access to a database of customer information misused some customers’ payment card information for fraudulent purposes;
– A court opinion that reveals how a former employee of the Social Security Administration exceeded his authorized access and obtained information about women he was romantically interested in; the women felt scared and unsettled at what he knew about them and that he just showed up at their homes when they had no idea how he got their address or details;
– A story about how an employee of Moniker/Oversee.net domain registrar misused his authorized access to a database and for personal reasons, contacted the employer of a customer to reveal that their employee had registered a domain with a “sucks.com” domain name – even though the customer had enrolled for WHOIS privacy protection.
Each of the situations represents a different type of harm, but they all involve harm.

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