Web Resources: Data Loss, Leak and Breach

March 15, 2010

Enjoy our list of data leak web resources when you’re trying to get a lay of the “data loss land.” This resource list includes web portals, research findings, news articles and other useful bits & pieces.

Please note we’ve done this from a news/research perspective, and not from a solution-seeking perspective. White papers and resources on products and/or techniques to prevent data breaches are not included.

Where possible, all resources are listed in date order, starting with the most recent.

If you know of a great data loss, leakage and/or breach resource we haven’t mentioned, please do not hesitate to share it with the team at countdown@launchpad-europe.com


Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – http://www.privacyrights.org/

Identity Theft Resource Center – http://www.idtheftcenter.org/


Boston Herald, Jan 3 2010 – “TSA turbulence grips Logan, nation: Lynn couple accused in airport ID theft case”http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?&articleid=1222690&format=&page=1&listingType=Loc

BBC, Jan 12 2010 – “Data Losses to Incur Fines of up to £500,000” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8455123.stm

Donald’s Information Security, Jan 13 2010 – “Theft of Valley Kaiser patients’ info reported” http://mbm-consulting.com/myblog/?p=457

Ponemon Institute, Jan 25 2010 – “Ponemon Study Shows Cost of a Data Breach Continues to Increase”: http://www.ponemon.org/news-2/23

iHealth Beat, Jan 26 2010 – “Tab for Response to Data Breach Hits $7 Million for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee” http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2010/1/26/tab-for-response-to-data-breach-hits-7m-for-bcbs-of-tennessee.aspx

Infosecurity, 29 Jan 2010 – “PricewaterhouseCoopers loses personal records of Alaska public employees”: http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/6895/pricewaterhousecoopers-loses-personal-records-of-alaska-public-employees/

Infosecurity, 29 Jan 2010 – “Data breach report reveals need to boost internet security” http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/6889/data-breach-report-reveals-need-to-boost-internet-security/

IT Pro, Feb 2 2010 – “Teachers Union Hit by Data Loss”: http://www.itpro.co.uk/620017/teachers-union-hit-by-data-loss

SmartMoney, Feb 2 2010 – “Anatomy of a Data Breach”: http://www.smartmoney.com/Personal-Finance/Debt/Anatomy-of-a-Data-Breach/

The Wall Street Journal, Feb 4 2010 – “Shell Data Leak May Compromise Safety of Staff Emails”: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100204-712072.html?mod=WSJ_World_MIDDLEHeadlinesMideast

Javelin Strategy & Research, Feb 10 2010 – “Identity Fraud is at an All Time High According to Javelin Strategy and Research’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report”: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/identity-fraud-is-at-an-all-time-high-according-to-javelin-strategy-and-researchs-2010-identity-fraud-survey-report-84005552.html


Verizon Business RISK Team – “2009 Data Breach Investigations Report” http://www.verizonbusiness.com/resources/security/reports/2009_databreach_rp.pdf

Network World, May 11 2009 – “Inside a Data Leak Audit”: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051109-data-leak-audit.html

BBC, May 25 2009 – “Blackmail fear over lost RAF data” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8066586.stm

The Register, Jul 9 2009 – “UK data breach incidents on the rise”: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/09/data_breach_survey/

Computer Weekly, Oct 14 2009 – “Nine out of 10 firms use data leakage prevention tools” http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/10/14/238136/nine-out-of-10-firms-use-data-leakage-prevention-tools.htm

Dark Reading, Nov 10 2009 – “MassMutual Warns of Data Breach”: http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=221600945

Army Times, Nov 13 2009 – “Data breach could affect 60,000 GIs, civilians”: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/11/army_breach_111309w/

Guardian, Nov 17 2009 – “T-Mobile confirms biggest phone customer data breach”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/17/t-mobile-phone-data-privacy

BBC, Nov 17 2009 – “E.On reveals customer bank data”: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8365489.stm

SearchSecurity.com, Nov 19 2009 – “Health Net healthcare data breach affects 1.5 million”: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1374839,00.html#?ShortReg=1&mboxConv=searchSecurity_RegActivate_Submit&

WNDU, Nov 20 2009 – “Notre Dame security breach potentially affects employees”: http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/70674717.html

Forbes, Nov 24 2009 – “The Year of the Mega Data Breach”: http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/24/security-hackers-data-technology-cio-network-breaches.html

Ernst & Young, Dec 16 2009 – “Data Leaks Put Company Reputation in Danger”: http://www.ey.com/AU/en/Newsroom/News-releases/Data-leaks-put-company-reputation-in-danger_new

Privacy Law Blog, Dec 28 2009 – “Netflix sued for ‘Largest Voluntary Privacy Breach To Date’”: http://privacylaw.proskauer.com/2009/12/articles/invasion-of-privacy/netflix-sued-for-largest-voluntary-privacy-breach-to-date/


Network World, Jan 7 2008 – Five Data Leak Nightmares http://www.networkworld.com/research/2008/010708-data-leak-nightmares.html

The Register, Apr 15 2008 – “London borough lost children’s data three times”: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/15/london_loses_childrens_data/

The Times, Aug 8 2008 – “BBC apologises after children’s personal data stolen”: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4481621.ece

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