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NEWS: Thieves Steal Consumer Info Database

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:25 AM
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A security breach at CheckPoint Inc. has resulted in the theft of personal data - including Social Security Numbers - relating to tens of thousands of consumers. The thieves were able to access the data by posing as legitimate businesses.
 



money.cnn.com
Personal info compiled by ChoicePoint stolen, including Social Security numbers; thousands affected.
February 15, 2005: 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of U.S. consumers face a greater risk of identity theft after criminals gained access to a database of personal records compiled by ChoicePoint Inc., a company spokesman said Tuesday.




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Very worrying, indeed. CheckPoint maintains data on virtually every consumer in the U.S. To make matters worse, the breach occurred last October, but has only just been revealed by the company.

CheckPoint has reportedly notified 30,000 - 35,000 consumers...but only in California, since California is the only state that requires such disclosure.

I'm one of these people who does EVERYTHING online; banking, shopping, the whole works. Stories like this make me wonder...

Related News Links:
www.choicepoint.com




posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:42 AM
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You know what last week my husband company gave a warning of a breach on their security database in one of their subsidiaries in California, but his company had all the names and security levels of their employees and is a defensed contractor.

And it was not in the news.

So this news kind of sound funny coming from the same area.



posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 09:19 AM
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Originally posted by marg6043
You know what last week my husband company gave a warning of a breach on their security database in one of their subsidiaries in California, but his company had all the names and security levels of their employees and is a defensed contractor.

And it was not in the news.

So this news kind of sound funny coming from the same area.



Hmmm. "..but only in California, since California is the only state that requires such disclosure. "

...so there could be security breaches all over the nation - 'but California is the only state that requires disclosure?

Interesting. Maybe there are more wars going on, on more fronts than we know about. ...One thing's for sure - we'll never learn anything really important from the news.


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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 09:31 AM
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Unless.............the subsidiary's name is Choice Point and they also do consumer information, but what I find weird is that they have only mention "consumers" and not "defense contractors" information on security levels.

I wonder.
Perhaps they are keeping the other half of the story quite, and the time frame also, my husband was informed last monday, this story was this week.



posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 10:50 AM
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WOW! following this thru was very educational...

choice point knows more about every American than the FBI (the FBI asks them for it, when needed).

They have it all connected in a nice little bundle that spits out your buying preferances with your other spending habits (little late on the bills) with the movies you watch and the TV programs you choose, as well as your travel habits (and so much more) and puts them against psych profiles to see if A+B+C equals= terrorist/credit risk/pedophile/theif/axe murderer/seriel killer/ militia/ white supremist/ basically every criminal demographic.

then consider that they sell this info to any business that wants it... so that the business can put it thru their profiler program, to see if you would be hirable for a certain job, or trustable with a certain responsibility.

girls and boys... also consider this (my conspiratorial mind is spinning)
insurance companies can look at your pattern of condom buying to decide if you are too promiscuous to insure (aids threat)

they can also look at the foods you eat (too much fast food) and take you to a high risk level of cost....(even though you are in good heallth)

these data pools assume too much to truly be accurate, but since it isn't an "official" record, they don't have to be accurate, but they can still affect you negatively...

and they can do this, because why?


THEN, consider the lack of information security that happens such as in this case, and the data pool companies start to look very dangerous to all Americans...

and the worst thing is...There is no oversight, and no legislation that truly protects us... the supposed rules don't even require that we be informed if our info is stolen...


I encourage everyone here to contact this company and insist upon full disclosure of the situation to all people possibly affected...

BTW: this company bought the company that fudged the florida elections in 2000


[edit on 16-2-2005 by LazarusTheLong]



posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 11:04 AM
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Lazarus, my friend... The Chinese have an old saying....

"May your children live in interesting times"....

Seems like we're somebodies children, and man! The times are interesting.




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