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Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

Blighty mobile users are going to be protected from thieves running up huge bills under a new agreement between the government and service providers. EE, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone have all agreed to put a cap on the amount that customers will have to pay on phones that have been reported lost or stolen. The cap is …
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SA copper thieves bid for Darwin glory

Two South African men with an evidently scant knowledge of how electricity works were this morning killed while attempting to make off with copper power lines by pulling the cables with wires while standing on the ground. According to the BBC, the pair aged between 25 and 30 made their pitch for Darwin Award immortality at …
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2009
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Police seek two for C&W network robbery

Hertfordshire Police are searching for two men suspected of involvement in last week's robbery from a network centre in Watford. Thieves took equipment from a Cable & Wireless network site in Watford forcing, the Ordnance Survey and offline for most of the day. Herts Police sent us the following: "POLICE …
John Oates, 17 Jul 2008
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Cyber-fraudsters strike gold at South African government

The South African government has lost more than £12m (199m Rand) over the last three years thanks to a cybercrime syndicate using spyware. The scam has been running since 2005 and is still going on despite the arrest of 32 people. Thieves have targetted various government departments in four provinces. A number of civil …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2008

IBM courier crashes. Sensitive tapes go AWOL

Add IBM to the growing list of ostensibly tech-savvy organizations that has been bitten by its failure to encrypt sensitive information. A company spokesman has confirmed that computer tapes containing personal information on former employees has gone missing. An outside vendor was transporting them from one IBM facility to …
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2007

Chocolate the key to uncovering PC passwords

Three years since the last time they pulled this stunt, cheeky researchers can still wangle IT passwords with free chocolate and flirting. A train station survey of 300 office workers carried out by Infosecurity Europe researchers in London revealed the disturbing statistic that 64 per cent would hand over their office computer …
Maxim Kelly, 17 Apr 2007

Georgia on the mind of three million after CD loss

Sensitive personal information on 2.9 million Georgia residents is at risk after a company lost a CD that contained the details. It is at least the third such blunder in less than a week and raises serious doubts about the measures private companies and public officials take to safeguard individuals from identity theft. The …
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2007
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Trash-talking Texas sues RadioShack

RadioShack is being sued in Texas for allegedly exposing its customers to ID theft. The lawsuit follows allegations that it carelessly discarded sensitive records outside one of its stores. The electronics retailer allegedly tossed papers containing customers' addresses, credit-card numbers, social security numbers and other …
John Leyden, 3 Apr 2007
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Hospital laptop theft sparks concerns

A laptop containing data on 11,000 children between the ages of eight months and eight years old has been stolen from a Nottinghamshire hospital. Data contained on the laptop contained the names, addresses, and dates of birth of children from the Newark, Mansfield, and Ashfield areas, the BBC reports. The machine was one of …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2007
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California cuts off aid to ID thieves

The California secretary of state's office has shut down portions of its website after it was discovered it had been selling hundreds of thousands of public documents containing social security numbers and signatures, a practice that lasted for years. Several other states have also made available materials that reveal personal …
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2007
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How to find stolen laptops

Mark Rasch discusses the legal issues behind the discovery and recovery of stolen laptops that use LoJack-style homing devices to announce their location, and the location of the thieves, anywhere in the world. Bad things happen online. Trade secrets are lost or stolen. Personal information is compromised. Copyrights and …
Mark Rasch, 14 Mar 2007

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