Sunday, January 20, 2008

600,000 is not a happy number

Data lost for 650,000 customers
A computer tape containing personal data of 650,000 customers of about 230 retailers including J.C. Penney is missing, credit card issuer GE Money said on Friday. Richard Jones, a spokesman for the General Electric unit, said a backup computer tape being stored at a facility operated by Iron Mountain, an information protection and storage company, had been lost. Jones added that Social Security numbers of about 150,000 people were also included on the tape.

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MoD loses data of 600,000 would-be recruits
The personal details of 600,000 people interested in joining Britain's armed forces have been lost after a laptop belonging to a Royal Navy officer was stolen, the Ministry of Defence disclosed tonight. It is the latest extraordinary data loss incident involving a Government department and potentially the most serious as recruits to the armed forces are targets for terrorists. The laptop containing the data was stolen from a vehicle parked overnight in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham on Jan 9 but was only made public late tonight.

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