Choicepoint’s CISO Interview & “Social Hacking”

ChoicePoint's CISO, Richard Baich, is interviewed by SecuritySearch.com, where he makes his case that the ChoicePoint fiasco is not a security or hacking issue:This is not an information security issue. My biggest concern is the impact this has on the…

Credit Reporting Agencies Blocking Referrals to Free Credit Report Website

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the three credit reporting agencies are blocking referral links to the Annual Credit Report website they created to conform to the new federal law giving consumers the right to an annual free credit report:Although…

Summary of incidents cataloged at The Privacy Law Blog

David Fraser at The Privacy Law Blog has an excellent post today cataloging incidents over the past year related to inappropriate release of personal information. The list is frightening both for its length and for the realization that countless incidents…

Is Momentum Building Against Database Aggregation of Personal Data?

Rob Hyndman reacts to the increasing number of reports of identity thefts and personal data disclosures by speculating whether Americans are now ready to do something about it:There has been an increasing number of media stories lately on this topic,…

The ChoicePoint Data Security Breach: What It Means for You, and How to Find Out What ChoicePoint Knows about You

In the aftermath of the ChoicePoint security breach(here and here), the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has produced a lengthy page on what the incident means to you and what data aggregators like ChoicePoint may have on you:Many consumers who contact the…

Safeway Shopper Card Leads to (false) Arson Arrest

(via A blog doesn't need a clever name)Richard Smith at ComputerBytesMan writes about how a frequent shopping card database led to a false arrest:Tukwila, Washington firefighter, Philip Scott Lyons found out the hard way that supermarket loyalty cards can come…

Update on ChoicePoint story & “Hackers”

More news outlets are finally covering this story (CNN, Reuters, ZDNet). Interesting, however, is that the AP story (picked up by the Washington Post, LA Times, and others) label the perpetrators as "hackers" who "penetrated the company's computer network." Nowhere…