Pictorial Guide To This Year In Personal ID Breaches

Back when laptops containing SS #s were getting stolen every week, we mused about doing a chart like this. Then we thought, nah, NYT will do one and do it a lot better than we ever could.

Lo and behold, they did, click to enlarge, although we found their color scheme bland and decided to punch it up a little. — BEN POPKEN


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  1. RumorsDaily says:

    I’m a little confused, what does this have to do with Nazi tshirts at Walmart?

  2. timmus says:

    Well, the SS “lost” my credit card numbers. That’s the last time I join up with that ragtag outfit.

  3. w.oods says:

    Someone should plot this against the number or persons notified that their financial data was compromised.

  4. Pelagius says:

    The hell with it. I’m changing all my passwords to “secret”, leaving the signing strip of my cc’s blank, and taking down my firewall. What’s the point…

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Joshua writes:

    “so is it safe to say that everyone’s identity has been thefted?”

  6. cassifrass says:

    so with both Citi and Chase showing up (and both children of the same parent) – would the combining splotch be the size of my hand and the color of blood?

  7. hmmm…i see 6 entities that impacted a hell of a lot more people than the runner-up on that ‘worst company’ poll. if choicepoint’s silver medal was on the basis of publicity alone, it makes me wonder how many companies out there make halliburton look like model citizens, but get away with it by keeping a lower profile.