Monday, July 24, 2006

Half Million Plus Big Apple Identity Theft

Half-Million-Plus-Big-Apple-Identity-Theft audio post - click to play

Q: When is a secure facility not actually secure against
identity theft?

A: When a computer provided to a contractor, to move data
from point to point, can't be located.

This latest security exposure by CS Stars, an independent
insurance brokerage firm located in Chicago, involves the
workers of the New York State Compensation Board.

As a result of the "can not be located" computer, over
500,000 (540,000) individuals highly sensitive
information is at risk to identity theft.

The data which is missing includes:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Social Security Numbers (ssn)

While the FBI is still investigating, the company has
indicated no cases of verified identity theft have yet
to occur.

However, due to the latent potential for identity theft
to still happen months after this announcement, the
company has offered to it's impacted clients one year
of free credit reports.

So, our tip for today is for any NY State Workers
CompensationBoard individuals who've filed injury
claims, be extra diligent with your credit. Make sure
to contact the state Compensation Board for your
free credit protection offer.

Their toll free customer service number is
(877) 632-4996.


At 10:04 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

It’s our own fault these days that so many people are losing laptops or other computers. After the VA incident it seems like companies would have taken MORE precautions to protect their information, but it’s only gotten worse. Why are companies/organizations still keeping sensative information on laptops when it has been such an issue? Furthermore, why aren’t these companies ENCRYPTING, because if they did decide to encrypt all of this data we wouldn’t be having all of these problems today.

We need to help companies open their eyes to the times and start protecting their data like they mean it!

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Noelle Pitt said...

Been a victim too, my credit card identity was smartly stolen and I was surprised of the huge bills that confronted me...going through it was a total mess, it was difficult getting my life back...gladly I was helped by trusted companies...Identity theft, a smart crime..tsk,tsk...I thought of sharing with you this information that has been guiding me against id theft. You might find it useful..Its about Identity Theft - When it Happens To You

Have a good day...lets fight!


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