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A Chronology of Data Breaches Reported Since Feb 15, 2005

The data breaches noted below have been reported because the personal information compromised includes data elements useful to identity thieves, such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, and driver's license numbers.

Over half the states considered legislation on security breach notices and security freezes this year. For a summary of state legislation with a list of those states enacting breach and freeze laws, visit the U.S.PIRG website.

Also see the National Conference of State Legislatures website:
Breach notice legislation
Security freeze legislation

In addition, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a breach notice law (S. 751) at the federal level. For the full text of the bill.

DATE MADE PUBLIC
NAME
TYPE OF BREACH
NUMBER
Feb. 15, 2005
ChoicePoint
ID thieves accessed
145,000
Feb. 25 , 2005
Bank of America
Lost backup tape
1,200,000
Feb. 25, 2005
PayMaxx
Exposed online
25,000
March 8, 2005
DSW/Retail Ventures
Hacking
100,000
March 10, 2005
LexisNexis
Passwords compromised
32,000
March 11, 2005
Univ. of CA, Berkeley
Stolen laptop
98,400
March 11, 2005
Boston College
Hacking
120,000
March 12, 2005
NV Dept. of Motor Vehicle
Stolen computer
8,900
March 20, 2005 Northwestern Univ. Hacking 21,000
March 20, 2005
Univ. of NV., Las Vegas
Hacking
5,000
March 22, 2005
Calif. State Univ., Chico
Hacking
59,000
March 23, 2005
Univ. of CA, San Francisco
Hacking
7,000
March 28, 2005 Univ. of Chicago Hospital Dishonest insider unknown
April ?, 2005 Georgia DMV Dishonest insider "hundreds of thousands"
April 5, 2005 MCI Stolen laptop 16,500
April 8, 2005 Eastern National Hacker 15,000
April 8, 2005
San Jose Med. Group
Stolen computer
185,000
April 11, 2005
Tufts University
Hacking
106,000
April 12, 2005
LexisNexis
Passwords compromised
Additional 280,000
April 14, 2005
Polo Ralph Lauren/HSBC
Hacking
180,000
April 14, 2005 Calif. FasTrack Dishonest Insider 4,500
April 15, 2005 CA Dept. of Health Services Stolen laptop 21,600
April 18, 2005
DSW/ Retail Ventures
Hacking
Additional 1,300,000
April 20, 2005
Ameritrade
Lost backup tape
200,000
April 21, 2005 Carnegie Mellon Univ. Hacking 19,000
April 26, 2005 Mich. State Univ's Wharton Center Hacking 40,000
April 26, 2005 Christus St. Joseph's Hospital Stolen computer 19,000
April 28, 2005 Georgia Southern Univ. Hacking "tens of thousands"
April 28, 2005 Wachovia,
Bank of America,
PNC Financial Services Group and
Commerce Bancorp
Dishonest insiders 676,000
April 29, 2005 Oklahoma State Univ. Missing laptop 37,000
May 2, 2005 Time Warner Lost backup tapes 600,000
May 4, 2005 CO. Health Dept. Stolen laptop 1,600 (families)
May 5, 2005 Purdue Univ. Hacking 11,360
May 7, 2005 Dept. of Justice Stolen laptop 80,000
May 11, 2005 Stanford Univ. Hacking 9,900
May 12, 2005 Hinsdale Central High School Hacking 2,400
May 16, 2005 Westborough Bank Dishonest insider 750
May 18, 2005 Jackson Comm. College, Michigan Hacking 8,000
May 18, 2005 Univ. of Iowa Hacking 30,000
May 19, 2005 Valdosta State Univ., GA Hacking 40,000
May 20, 2005 Purdue Univ. Hacking 11,000
May 26, 2005 Duke Univ. Hacking 5,500
May 27, 2005 Cleveland State Univ. Stolen laptop 44,420
May 28, 2005 Merlin Data Services Bogus acct. set up 9,000
May 30, 2005 Motorola Computers stolen unknown
May 31, 2005 Omega World Travel Stolen laptop 80,000
June 6, 2005 CitiFinancial Lost backup tapes 3,900,000
June 10, 2005 Fed. Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) Not disclosed 6,000
June 16, 2005 CardSystems Hacking 40,000,000
June 17, 2005 Kent State Univ. Stolen laptop 1,400
June 18, 2005 Univ. of Hawaii Dishonest Insider 150,000
June 22, 2005 Eastman Kodak Stolen laptop 5,800
June 22, 2005 East Carolina Univ. Hacking 250
June 25, 2005 Univ. of CT (UCONN) Hacking 72,000
June 28, 2005 Lucas Cty. Children Services (OH) Exposed by email 900
June 29, 2005 Bank of America Stolen laptop 18,000
June 30, 2005 Ohio State Univ. Med. Ctr. Stolen laptop 15,000
July 1, 2005 Univ. of CA, San Diego Hacking 3,300
July 6, 2005 City National Bank Lost backup tapes unknown
July 7, 2005 Mich. State Univ. Hacking 27,000
July 19, 2005 Univ. of Southern Calif. (USC) Hacking 270,000 possibly accessed; "dozens"exposed
July 21, 2005 Univ. of Colorado-Boulder Hacking 42,000
July 30, 2005 San Diego Co. Employees Retirement Assoc. Hacking 33,000
July 30, 2005 Calif. State Univ., Dominguez Hills Hacking 9,613
July 31, 2005 Cal Poly-Pomona Hacking 31,077
Aug. 2, 2005 Univ. of Colorado Hacking 36,000
TOTAL
50,476,170

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