T-Mobile Posts Instructions On How To Restore Sidekick Data

T-Mobile Posts Instructions On How To Restore Sidekick Data

If you’ve been waiting impatiently to get your data back on your Sidekick, here’s your opportunity. IntoMobile reports that T-Mobile has posted data retrieval instructions on its website. They note that most but not necessarily all contacts should be there, but if you’re one of the unlucky few who lost all of your data, T-Mobile has a shiny $100 gift card for you.

Microsoft: We May Have Recovered Sidekick Users' Lost Data

Microsoft: We May Have Recovered Sidekick Users' Lost Data

Maybe those lawsuits over the Sidekick data outage were a little premature. Microsoft, parent company of Sidekick maker Danger Inc, reports that they have recovered most, if not all, of users’ lost data. Yay!

First Sidekick Data Outage Lawsuits Filed

First Sidekick Data Outage Lawsuits Filed

After T-Mobile Sidekick users lost data access for the better part of a week, then lost the information stored on their phones, it should surprise no one that the lawsuits are already flying. Though it is surprising that none of them were filed by Perez Hilton.

VA Loses Another 38,000 Records

VA Loses Another 38,000 Records

A drop in the bucket compared to the 26.5 million veteran’s records they lost before, but the VA has lost another 38,000 veterans records.

2 Young Scalawags Charged in Veteran Data Theft

2 Young Scalawags Charged in Veteran Data Theft

Nineteen-year-old Jesus Alex Pineda 19, and Christian Brian Montano were charged Saturday in the left of a laptop containing 26.5 million veteran’s records.

Stolen Veteran Affairs Laptop Recovered

Stolen Veteran Affairs Laptop Recovered

After much hand and flag-wringing, a laptop containing millions of veteran’s personal data has been recovered. A preliminary analysis by police reveals that the sensitive information was not accessed during the theft.

Lawsuit Filed for 26.5 Mil Vets in Data Privacy Snafu

Lawsuit Filed for 26.5 Mil Vets in Data Privacy Snafu

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the 26.5 million vets whose personal records were lost by Veterans Affairs due to employee negligence, reports the AP.

How Many Weeks Does It Take To Tell A Veteran His Identity Has Been Stolen?

How Many Weeks Does It Take To Tell A Veteran His Identity Has Been Stolen?

we cursorily mentioned the fact that the authorities investigating the theft of the laptop that resulted in the names, addresses and social security numbers of every living veteran being stolen waited three weeks to alert the public. But it took awhile for that to sink in.

Are Identity Thieves Targeting Idiot Employees?

Are Identity Thieves Targeting Idiot Employees?

Consumer Affairs raises an interesting question in its summary of the theft of 26 million social security numbers on a burgled laptop: are these targeted thefts?

HOW TO: Get Through Having Your Identity Stolen

HOW TO: Get Through Having Your Identity Stolen

After our last post on identity theft, regular Consumerist commenter trixare4kids sent us a great, well-crafted email detailing her own experience having her identity stolen. Better yet, she wrote us a personalized How To for getting through an identity theft crisis.

Interviewing The Victims Of Identity Theft

Interviewing The Victims Of Identity Theft

The Dayton Daily News has a good article up interviewing the victims of identity theft and describing how their lives have changed because of it. Although we’re all concerned by the murky underworld of Eastern European hackers that prey upon badly secured financial records, the article is a good reminder that most identity theft actually originates with people close to you: friends, relatives and (natch) employees of the very institutions you trust to keep your financial details safe.

90% of US Account Holders Think Bank Security Sucks

You just know your entire industry is gang raping the pooch when statistics like these are coming out:

New York Times Story On Identity Theft And Cybercrime

New York Times Story On Identity Theft And Cybercrime

We write a lot about data loss at American companies and financial institutions. Some of you might wonder why we spend so much time on Verizon losing the occasional CD, or the occasional Citibank security breach. Maybe you’re wealthy, with a million dollars in credit and a shimmering Porsche. Maybe you’ve got 75 bucks in your checking account and need to eat beans and rice until your next paycheck. Either way, cyber-crime tends to seem faceless, not really a threat to you personally.

Better Business Bureau To School Against Data Loss

Better Business Bureau To School Against Data Loss

Apparently, we’re not the only ones who notice that companies today can’t keep their fucking panties up around their waist when it comes to data security. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is trying to wise-up small businesses to the perils of securing their networks and locking down data.

McAfee Loses Employee Data in Airplane Seat Pocket

McAfee Loses Employee Data in Airplane Seat Pocket

As usual, the companies that we entrust to keep our computer security safe have proven to be barely capable of protecting their own employees from identity theft. In other words, McAfee has lost the personal information of 6,000 employees, including their names, addresses, stock options and Social Security numbers.