The RDV Group InfoSec Blog

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Here we go again...

Robert Gavin of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that as many a quarter million subscribers of The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette had their private credit card and bank routing information distributed with their morning paper. Evidently the “confidential information was on the back of paper used in wrapping newspaper bundles for distribution to carriers and retailers.”

Although it’s not know whether any of this info will be used for identity theft in the future, it points out hard it is to maintain any real level of financial privacy these days. A little more info, with the company’s reaction is in today's post: “The Telegram & Gazette has stopped recycling paper that includes customer data, officials said. The company has notified American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and any banks whose customers may be affected.”

File this under boneheaded slipups, rather than intentional data theft.


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