Correction to This Article
A Dec. 28 Business graphic incorrectly stated that an identity breach potentially affecting 40 million people occurred at MasterCard International. The breach occurred at a processing center operated by CardSystems Solutions Inc. and affected MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express card holders.

Digging for Personal Information

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

At least 134 data breaches have been disclosed in 2005, potentially affecting 57 million people. Some of the major incidents:

Date made publicOrganizationType of breach



Feb. 15ChoicePointBogus accounts created by thieves145,000
Feb. 25Bank of AmericaLost backup tape1.2 million
March 8DSW ShoesStolen credit card data1.4 million
March 9LexisNexisPasswords compromised310,000
June 6CitiFinancialLost backup tapes3.9 million
June 17MasterCard InternationalHacking exposes names, account numbers and verification codes of MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express card holders40 million
Nov. 11Scottrade/Troy GroupHacking140,000
Nov. 18BoeingLaptop theft161,000
Dec. 27MarriottMissing backup tape206,000
SOURCES: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Identity Theft Resource Center

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