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Data Protection

Goodbye July, hello August. Hackers, fraudsters and data purloiners take a summer vacation? Fat chance! Here’s a roundup of the salient breaches in data protection during July 2011:

July 21st: NATO– Anonymous announced that it had breached the databases of NATO, and had access to one gigabyte of restricted material. PC Mag: Anonymous: We Hacked NATO

July 20th: Swedish Medical Center – The hospital informed nearly 20,000 current and former employees that their personal information, including Social Security numbers, was accidentally accessible on the Internet for nine weeks. Seattle Times: 20,000 Swedish employees personal data breached

July 20th: Toshiba – The email addresses and passwords of approximately 681 Toshiba America customers were confirmed stolen after an American server was hacked. The server did not contain credit card or Social Security numbers. Infosecurity (USA): Toshiba cops to data breach potentially affecting 7,520 US customers

July 13th: – For two months, Walgreens customers had access to other customers’ prescription information via the website. Information such as customer names, phone numbers, names of prescribing doctors, names of medications and the cost of the prescriptions as well as dates of purchase were all accessible by fellow Walgreens customers. Local man finds another Walgreens customer’s info

July 11th: Booz Allen Hacker group, ‘AntiSec’ allegedly penetrated a computer server of Booz Allen Hamilton, releasing a list of more than 90,000 military email addresses and encrypted passwords and deleted 4 GB of source code. Huffington Post Tech: Booz Allen Hamilton Hack Reveals Military Email Addresses

July 8th: Universal Music – Anonymous claimed responsibility for an attack that exposed usernames and passwords of fans that signed up for updates on their favorite bands on the Universal Music website. The Register: Universal Music passwords exposed by Anonymous hack

July 7th: Washington Post – The company announced a security breach to its job seeker site which affected approximately 1.27 million users. Usernames and e-mail addresses of job seekers using The Washington Post Jobs Web site were exposed during two incidents on June 27th and June 28th. Washington Post email breach affects more than a million job seekers

July 5th: Morgan Stanley – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney warned 34,000 customers that their addresses, account and tax ID numbers, and other data-including Social Security numbers may have been stolen. The data was on two password-protected CD-ROM discs that went missing sometime after they arrived at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Report: Morgan Stanley warns 34,000 clients of data breach