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Data Breaches — The Headlines

The Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 Personal Fraud Survey estimates that the total cost of scams and personal fraud for the second half of the year was almost $1 billion, with credit and bank card fraud accounting for more than 380,000 instances.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics report states that "personal fraud has been recognised as a crime type that is a growing threat to the community, as a result of the rapid expansion and availability of internet technology and the increase in electronic storage, transmission and sharing of data".

Watch your credit card for Hotel Hacks, an online security trade publication, stated that hackers found their way into hotel networks more than any other in 2009. The study also discovered that hotel chains did not discover the security breaches for an average of 156 days.

More electronic records were breached in 2008 than the previous four years combined, fuelled by a targeting of the fi nancial services industry and a strong involvement of organised crime, according to the "2009 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report" (DBIR) released Wednesday (April 15 2009).

This second annual study - based on data analysed from Verizon Business' actual caseload comprising 285 million compromised records from 90 confi rmed breaches - revealed that corporations fell victim to some of the largest cybercrimes ever during 2008.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Employee Data Breach

A federal bank information analyst from Elm Park has admitted he stole his fellow employees' identities so he and his brother could apply for more than $1 million in student and boat loans. Curtis Wiltshire, 34, committed the fraud from 2006 and 2008, while he was working as an information and technical analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in lower Manhattan. He had access to computer fi les with other employees' names, dates of birth, social security numbers and photographs.

Connecticut sues Health Net over data security breach.

"The missing drive contained information about 446,000 enrollees and their physicians".