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Friday, February 22, 2008

NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM BUSINESS Vineyard Victim To Computer Theft and Possible Information Security Breach - AlertBoot Endpoint Security

Vineyard Victim To Computer Theft and Possible Information Security Breach

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines notifying the Attorney General’s office in New Hampshire that two computers were stolen from their office at company headquarters. A reconstruction of the computer data showed that one of the computers contained the names and Social Security numbers of J. Lohr employees.

A copy of the letter to be sent affected employees, filed with the New Hampshire AG, opens with the following: “… recognizes the importance of safeguarding its personnel information. Even the most rigorous safeguards, however, can not guarantee protection against criminal conduct.”

This is a true statement; however, the truth comes in a variety of shades. Could J. Lohr have done more to prevent their computers from getting stolen? Absolutely. If they had a platoon of armed Marines protecting those two computers, chances are they would be extremely hard to steal. Nobody could argue under such a scenario that the winery hadn’t done enough if someone had managed to steal the devices. It would also cost an arm and a leg for protecting what may retail for $1000. Not cost effective; not realistic. Plus, I’d imagine the mood wouldn’t be conducive to the romancing the wine with armed soldiers all over the place.

Everyone, be it a person or a company, weighs their options when it comes to making a decision. If you happen to be a small winery, and most of your assets are tied down—in huge, heavy oak barrels, for example—then chances are a locked door seems sufficient protection for your computers, especially considering that their monetary value is so small compared everything else the company owns. If your company deals with data and nothing else, then information security is at the top of your mind. Plus, who’d travel all the way through those open fields of grapes just to grab a couple of computers, right?

I think what the above quoted statement stems out of ignorance, not as in chicken‑brains but as in “they have no idea.” The fact is that there are certain cost‑effective things one can do to protect data that approaches the most rigorous safeguard that can virtually guarantee protection. Number one on the list is encryption, be it file or whole disk encryption, available via AlertBoot. Encryption of the hard disks found inside the stolen computers would have protected the information from being leached—say, to criminal organizations such as a data identity theft ring. It would be cheaper than hiring a security guard. Possibly cheaper than filing a letter with the AG (a lawyer was involved, right?), and definitely cheaper than signing up for credit monitoring and fraud alert for all affected.

Of course, encryption isn’t a panacea. For one, it can’t go after the perps if they’re caught red‑handed; you need a human or a robot for that. However, if a company regularly backs up data and uses off‑the‑shelf computers at their place of business, think of all the extra expenses and efficiencies one could save if they replaced just one on‑duty guard with encryption: Health insurance. Bonuses. Sick days. Donuts. Plus, encrypted data stays protected even if the perps get away.


  • Published Date: 22 February 2008
  • Source: Wigan Evening Post
  • Location: Wigan

Patients' records stolen

Thousands of NHS dental patient records have been lost after two computers were stolen during a burglary at a dental practice.
Thieves broke in to Hindley Dental Practice some time last weekend and used by reception staff, stole two computerswhich constitute the surgery's main server and contain dental records for all the surgery's 8,000 patients.

Today Shaz Mirtorabi, principal dentist at the surgery, appealed for information about the whereabouts of the computers and data and offered a year's free dental health care to anyone who helped ensure their safe return.
The computers are worth about £2,000.

Mr Mirtorabi, who took over the practice nearly six years ago, said: "We are here to help the public and the public have turned round and kicked us in the teeth.
"They have taken the main server which has all the patients' data on it.
"It is password protected so it is no use to anybody, but it is a huge inconvenience to us."

Although much of the data is backed up, a significant amount has been lost including X-rays and dental records made for individual patients over a number of years.
Mr Mirtorabi said: "It could possibly mean that people will have to be X-rayed again and possibly we will have to go over stuff that we have already done.

"Ultimately it is our patients who are going to suffer, and we have about five or six hundred people on our waiting list.
"The strength of our practice has been our patient relationships – we are such a busy practice, but we have a great relationship with our patients and people in the community.
"This has been our success really, this is why we are making this appeal."

Using a side window to gain access to the surgery the thieves snatched a charity box set out to collect donations for various oral health charities, as well as the computers, before ransacking the property.
The window used by the burglars will now be bricked up.
New computers have been delivered and Mr Mirtorabi hopes the practice, which has remained open, will be functioning fully some time next week.

He said: "We have been running a broken-down surgery, it has not been full throttle, we have just been making do with what we can.
"We had the whole practice refurbished recently and now it is in chaos."
An investigation is ongoing and police have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them on 0161 856 5307 or contact the surgery on 01942 255315.

The full article contains 427 words and appears in Wigan Evening Post newspaper.
Last Updated: 22 February 2008 8:55 AM

Thursday, February 21, 2008

WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTERS STOLEN WVNS-TV – News for Beckley, Bluefield and Lewisburg, West Virginia

Possible Theft Ring is Targeting Stores
Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008 ; 06:22 PM
Updated Thursday, February 21, 2008 ; 08:00 PM

Police are looking for suspects after theives stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Wal-Marts.

Story by Jessica Lilly
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LEWISBURG -- The Wal-Mart in Lewisburg was robbed and police want your help to catch the suspects.

Police are looking for two men that seem to be career criminals. Surveillance video shows two white males walking into the store on Monday and going to the electronics department and working on the locks of the computer cases for about two hours.

It seems to have taken so long because customers kept interrupting their game plan.

After finally getting the case open they stole four computers worth more than $3,000.

Police say there have been similar robberies in Raleigh and Fayette counties.

They say they are looking for two white mid to heavy set males.

They both had mustaches in the video and were wearing hats.

They left the parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Monday in a mid to full size, dark colored regular cab pickup truck.

The truck has step sides and a trailer hitch.

If you can identify these men call the Lewisburg Police Department.


Campus Crime Log 2/1/8 - 2/17/08

2/7/08 - Burglary - A
computer monitor was stolen from a room in the Education Building.
Report taken.

2/7/07 - Burglary -
Two computer monitors were stolen from rooms in SMITC and Education Buildings. Report taken.

2/15/08 - Burglary -
Three computer monitors were taken from the Education Building. Report taken.

AUSTRALIA COMPUTER EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM SCHOOLS Thieves target local schools - Local - General - Yass Tribune

22 February 2008 - 5:00AM

Thieves target local schools

A 17 inch computer monitor, a Panasonic video player, two DVD players, a laptop, an IBM computer hard drive and two computer keyboards have been stolen from local schools over the past 11 days.

Police confirmed Berinba Primary, Yass Public School and Mt Carmel Central School have been broken into, the latter two reportingstolen goods.

Yass Public School was the major victim, reporting the loss of nearly $3000 worth of electronic equipment.

“The main feeling among staff is one of frustration,” relieving Yass Public School Principal Phil Cox told the Tribune.

“On top of that we’re concerned the stolen items can’t be quickly replaced… it really disrupts our routine.”

Intruders first gained access to the local school between 6.30pm February 11 and 7am, February 12. Trespassers stole some $1700 worth of electronic equipment. The school was struck again between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

During their second raid, burglars stole a computer hard drive, worth an estimated $1000, attempted to steal a second computer, broke into the school canteen and rummaged through the administration’s cash box before fleeing.

Wanderers illegally gained access to Berinba Primary School, unsuccessfully breaking into the canteen.

Regional neighbour Harden-Murrumburrah reported considerable theft from their local primary school. Approximately $2500 worth of IT goods was stolen from the school last week.

Police continue to inspect local schools regularly.

BRITISH COLUMBIA COMPUTER STOLEN FROM HOME PRIOR TO FIRE Chilliwack family burned out of home after theft, arson

Chilliwack family burned out of home after theft, arson

Staff Reporter, The Province

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2008

CHILLIWACK -- A Chilliwack family with two young kids has been burned out of their home after a petty theft followed by arson.

The home in the 45000-block Roseberry Road was deliberately set ablaze Saturday night by a suspect who had broken in and stolen items from inside.

Taken before the fire were a flat-screen monitor and computer, a PlayStation 2 and a Nintendo Wii. Two long-barrel rifles were also stolen.

Worse, the fire did extensive damage to the family's house and its contents.

Police are appealing to the community to help them track down the culprits, who broke in sometime between 6:15 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

"The family . . . need your help to solve this crime, and bring those responsible to justice," said Chilliwack RCMP spokeswoman Const. Lee-Anne Dunlop.

Call police at 604-792-4611, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go online at if you have any information.

TEXAS COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM SCHOOL Breaking News: Breaking News: Third Break-In at Regina-Howell | break, news, kfdm -

Breaking News: Third Burglary at Regina-Howell

February 21, 2008 - 12:04PM

KFDM News has learned of another burglary at Regina-Howell Elementary School - the third in the last few weeks.

BISD Police tell us someone used rocks to break two windows in the teachers lounge Wednesday night or early Thursday.

They got inside the office and took about $30 in petty cash, then took about $100 from the cafeteria.

There was another break-in several days ago, and last month, someone broke into a portable building at the school.

Investigators tell KFDM News in that case, someone used a brick to break a window to gain access to the portable.

Once inside, they
stole four computers and a flat screen television worth about $3,100.

The vandals used a fire extinguisher inside the classroom, damaging other computers.

If you have any information about these crimes, you are asked to call the Beaumont Police Department or BISD Police.

Watch KFDM News at 5, 6 & 10 for more on the story.


Auditors urge better security for TSP board’s laptops
February 21, 2008
The board running the Thrift Savings Plan needs to do a better job safeguarding its laptop computers, Blackberrys and other portable devices, according to an audit released Feb. 19.

The Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration conducted an audit of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and found that its laptops are not always encrypted or scanned for viruses before they are connected to the board’s network.

Auditors also found that employees’ Blackberry passwords are too short and simple to provide enough security. And the board has not yet finalized a plan for addressing potential security breaches in which personally identifiable information is lost, the audit found.

About 85 people work for the board at its Washington headquarters, and most have a laptop or desktop computer. Chief information officer Mark Hagerty said board employees do not keep the personal and financial information of TSP’s 3.8 million participants on their laptops.

The federal government experienced a string of laptop thefts and losses in 2006 that exposed the poor state of agencies’ computer security. The breaches jeopardized the personal information of tens of millions of federal employees, soldiers, veterans and other citizens.

“It’s always amazing to me how much is out there today that isn’t encrypted,” Ian Dingwall, chief accountant of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, said at the board’s monthly meeting in Washington.

TSP has had no data loss problems, but security concerns led the board in October to stop allowing participants to access their accounts with their Social Security numbers. TSP investors now use randomly generated account numbers.

The board agreed with Labor’s recommendations to completely encrypt computers and scan them for viruses, improve passwords, and finish a security breach plan.

The thrift board’s executive director, Gregory Long, said all laptops now have software that allows them to be tracked down or erased if they’re stolen . And if a lost laptop is rediscovered after its hard drive has been wiped, the board’s staff can restore the erased information, Hagerty said.

“The agency has made significant improvements, and will continue to do so,” Long said.

The board rejected one of Labor’s recommendations: to use cable locks to secure laptops to desks inside the office. The board’s laptops are most often used when on travel or telecommuting and are rarely used inside the office, Long said, so cable locks would not provide more security.

Modernization project on track
CIO Hagerty also told the board that its two-year, $15 million information technology systems modernization project is proceeding as scheduled. TSP’s network of mainframes, servers and storage computers had reached the limits of its capabilities, and the board decided in September to upgrade its systems.

TSP recently installed two new IBM mainframes, laid the groundwork for its new storage subsystems, and is buying software to protect against fraud and malicious programs such as “phishing” software.

TSP must still finish buying storage capacity, hire more IT security contractors, and complete tests of its systems, Hagerty said.

But TSP is also looking for some technology advancements before it can finish its upgrades. Hagerty said the technology used to encrypt stored data is still “somewhat immature.”

The board is continuing to work on restricting the number of interfund transfers participants can conduct each month. External affairs director Tom Trabucco said the board has heard complaints from about 50 of the more than 3,000 people identified as frequent traders. The board said that frequent trading drives the cost of administering TSP up by millions of dollars.

“There doesn’t seem to be a strong up-swell of support,” Trabucco said. “A few people even called us to apologize. They said they didn’t realize they were causing problems.”


Laptop wipes self to beat thieves

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For laptops stolen while switched off, the location system can use RFID tags to make a judgement about whether that movement is within allowed parameters. A full log of all deletions is sent back to the service center once completed.

Its makers even boast that BackStopp can use a Webcam, if one is installed, to take pictures of the thieves, sending these back for analysis without the offenders knowing.

"There are millions of laptops out there that contain valuable data. The vast majority are not stolen for their data, but the ultimate recipient will often come across the data and use it for criminal purposes. This solution prevents that illicit use," said Virtuity's CTO, Dean Bates.

Data destruction routines met standards set down by the U.S. Department of Defense's National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, the company said, ensuring that it could not be resurrected. An important aspect of the system is that a thief would not know it was in operation until after data had been wiped, making it extremely hard to circumvent.

BackStopp was designed to be used in conjunction with encryption, and was not therefore a replacement for that form of protection, the company said. The system also protected data such as network and web logins and VPN connections -- often data companies forgot to protect - as well as static file data.

Laptop theft is now firmly entrenched as the number one data worry for corporates, with numerous examples of unencrypted data going missing on stolen laptops to embarrass organizations of every ilk in the last year.

Prices for BackStopp start at £10 ($19) per month for each laptop being protected.

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ALABAMA COMPUTERS STOLEN Police report | | Gadsden Times | Gadsden, AL

computer system worth $1,000 and a printer were taken from Southern Care Inc. on South Fourth Street between 11 a.m. Feb. 17 and 7:40 a.m. Feb. 18.

A 26-inch television worth $400 and a
computer worth $400 were taken from a residence on South 11th Street on Feb. 18.

SOUTH CAROLINA COMPUTER STOLEN FROM HOTEL ROOM | 02/21/2008 | Laptop stolen from hotel

Laptop stolen from hotel

By Kurt Knapek - The Sun News

An Ontario, Canada, man told Myrtle Beach Police that his laptop computer was stolen from his hotel room on Tuesday night, according to a police report.

The man said he left his door unlocked for an hour while staying at the Red Roof Inn on 2801 S. Kings Highway. The computer, valued at $1,067.90, was gone when he returned.

Police are investigating.


Personal data on 28,000 schoolchildren stolen

A laptop computer holding a database with personal information on thousands of Newfoundland schoolchildren was among several stolen during a robbery, school officials said Thursday.

The database — with information on 28,000 students, most in the St. John's area — includes names, addresses, medicare numbers, phone numbers and the names of guardians, the Eastern School District board said.

The four laptops were stolen from the district's offices in Atlantic Place, an office complex in downtown St. John's.

The robbery occurred Sunday, but was not reported to the public for four days.

"We are very concerned," chief executive officer Darrin Pike. "Obviously it's not a good thing, it's not something we want to minimize.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating.

"From what the RNC tells us, [thieves] tend to reformat the hard drives and resell them," Pike said in an interview.

"They're not interested in the data in most cases. They're just interested in the box."

Pike said the laptops are password-protected, although the information was not encrypted.

Meanwhile, Pike said that MCP — Newfoundland and Labrador's medicare authority — has advised that patient records are not at risk.

Students involved in the breach are at 56 schools in the Avalon East region, and at one school in the Avalon West region.

IRELAND (UPDATE) OFFICIALS LEARNED OF COMPUTER THEFT 14 DAYS AGO Officials learned of laptop theft 14 days ago - National News, Frontpage -

Officials learned of laptop theft 14 days ago

By Michael Brennan, Breda Heffernan and Fionnan Sheahan

Thursday February 21 2008

Health Minister Mary Harney's officials knew a fortnight ago about the theft of a computer with the confidential records of more than 170,000 blood donors.

The Department of Health was told about the laptop being stolen in New York on February 8, but the details of the incident only came out in recent days.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service insists the data cannot be accessed because the unblocking data was not with the laptop. The IBTS received 100 calls to its helpline,after a member of the New York blood service was mugged on the street.

Ms Harney's knowledge of the incident came to light after it emerged Fine Gael TD Leo Varadkar had asked her about stolen computer equipment a fortnight ago.

The IBTS told the department about the theft the day after it happened on February 7. Four days later, the service informed department officials it was working with the Data Protection Commissioner and of the scale of information on the laptop. DPC Billy Hawkes said it is investigating the matter but the IBTS is confident no data was compromised.


Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said the IBTS Irish Blood Transfusion Service had entered into an agreement with the New York counterpart Blood Centre to improve its security systems.

Part of this agreement was sending a CD to New York, he said. "The IBTS and the NYBC consider that the risk of any person being in a position to bypass the password controls and decrypt the data is extremely remote," he said.

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore said there was something sloppy about the affair. "It is ironic that the IBTS set out to seek help in securing the information only to end up with somebody walking around with it on a laptop on a street in a New York where it ended up being stolen," he said.

Meanwhile, it also emerged yesterday a laptop was stolen from a Government official containing details of ship-owners' names, phone numbers and addresses. The theft happened from the car of a worker with the Marine Survey Office.

The Department of Transport said yesterday the ship owners were not informed about the laptop theft on October 7 last year because their details were already freely available in the public domain. l The information helpline set up for blood donors is now open to callers on 1850 731 137.

- Michael Brennan, Breda Heffernan and Fionnan Sheahan

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CALIFORNIA COMPUTER STOLEN Woman accused of stealing from man she'd befriended

The story would make a good country song: An Acampo man met a woman at a Victor bar this weekend, and they went back to his place together.

He later awoke to find that his
computer, 100 CDs, credit cards and cell phone, among other items, had vanished.

But the next day, Sunday, he came across her at another bar — where she was trying to sell his belongings, Lodi police said.

So the country song would end on an upbeat note, with the man getting most of his property back and the woman going to jail.

There's one more twist, Sgt. Chris Jacobson said. The woman, 33-year-old Leticia Hernandez, was already in trouble with the law, and was out of jail awaiting trial on a different burglary and identitytheft case.

On Tuesday, Hernandez was arraigned in court on charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

Police say she and the victim met at the bar, had some drinks, and then she drove him home. At some point, he passed out.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the man learned she was selling his belongings at Sky's Bar, 116 W. Turner Road, police said.

Hernandez left before officers arrived but Cpl. Sierra Brucia and Officer Larry Fluty found her car nearby and stopped her, Jacobson said. Inside the car, police allegedly found nearly all of the man's belongings,
except the computer.

Officers somehow learned that Raymond Meraz, 27, was involved, and searched his Poplar Street home, where they found the
victim's computer, Jacobson said.

Meraz was also charged Tuesday with burglary and possession of stolen property, according to court records.

Hernandez could also face a charge of committing a crime while out of jail.

On Jan. 5, she was arrested and subsequently charged with identity theft, burglary, forgery, possession of stolen property and fraud. In that case, a car was burglarized in May, but the victims didn't notice credit card fraud until months later, Jacobson said.

Hernandez was released from the San Joaquin County Jail on that case, due to a statewide court order that limits crowding in jails.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at

UK COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM DISTRICT COUNCIL 3 stole laptops while working at council - Mansfield Chad

3 stole laptops while working at council

TWO men from Mansfield and Clipstone have admitted stealing 15 laptop computers between them while they were employed at Newark & Sherwood District Council.

Paul Chambers (43), of Beckingham Court, Mansfield, admitted the theft of five computers between January 2004 and May 2006 at Nottingham Crown Court last Wednesday.

Clipstone's Paul Corcoran (39), of First Avenue, admitted
stealing 10 computers plus a computer hard drive.

Both men worked in the council's information services department and both were directors of two companies.

They were bailed by Judge John Burgess for sentencing on 12th March, along with Clifford Sanderson (45) of Bridegate Lane, Leicester, who was head of the department and has already admitted conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to defraud the council.

Also to be sentenced is Steven Dudley (33), of Clarkson Drive, Beeston, who has already admitted conspiracy to defraud.

Charges have been dropped against three other men.

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Last Updated: 20 February 2008 5:46 PM

Guns, metal, computer taken in burglary/theft | Batesville Daily Guard

ARKANSAS COMPUTER STOLEN Guns, metal, computer taken in burglary/theft | Batesville Daily Guard

Guns, metal, computer taken in burglary/theft

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Two cell phones and cash have been reported taken from a Batesville residence, according to Deputy Kirk Green with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

Charlotte Harris reported two cell phones and $380 in cash taken sometime between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday when a visitor left her home at 49 Williford St..

In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:

• Otis G. Wooldridge of 595 Hawkins St. reported a .22 magnum rifle with a 3x9 Tasco scope, a police scanner and a small bag of quarters stolen from his home sometime overnight Sunday.

Wooldridge told police he had been away from home overnight and when he returned he noticed his carport light off and the rear door unlocked.

An inspection of the home revealed the items missing and dresser drawers had been opened.

“The unknown suspects entered the residence through the kitchen window and exited through the rear door after turning off the carport light,” Deputy Fred Friar said.

The items were valued at $350 by Wooldridge.

Friar said evidence was gathered at the scene, but no suspects have been named at this time.

• Jeremy Holland reported that he and his father had some scrap metal piled up to sell at his property in the 900 block of Mount Herman Road and someone damaged a gate and cut a barbed wire fence to get to the metal.

The gate and fence were valued at $430 and the metal at about $100, according to Holland.

A suspect was named, according to Deputy Darin Brewer.

­­—from submitted reports

GEORGIA COMPUTER STOLEN FROM SCHOOL Lunch line computer stolen at South Hall Middle

Lunch line computer stolen at South Hall Middle

By Jeff Gill
UPDATED Feb. 20, 2008 3:04 p.m.

One of two computers used to check students through the lunch line each day at South Hall Middle School has been stolen, Hall County school officials said.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft, which officials believe occurred during a break-in about 5:30 this morning, said Gordon Higgins, spokesman for the system.

No other items in the school have been reported missing.

The school system is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the break-in and theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s Capt. Woodrow Tripp at 770-531-6879.

South Hall Middle principal Paula Stubbs is sending letters home to parents about the incident.

UK COMPUTERS STOLEN Teenage gang hunted after break-ins - Wigan Today

A home security warning has been issued by police after six Wigan homes little more than a mile apart were burgled in the same afternoon.
The same gang are thought to be responsible for all the attacks in Beech Hill, Standish Lower Ground, Whitley and Gidlow.
On one occasion thousands of pounds worth of electrical goods were snatched and on another a £1,000 bracelet was taken.
The side or rear of homes thought empty while the owners were at work have been targeted and several times the home's security ensured the raiders fled empty-handed.

Police today pledged to increase their presence in the area to deter further incidents.
The first to be reported was the burglary of a home in Widdrington Road, Swinley, which took place between noon and 2.20pm on Thursday.
It was from here that the bracelet plus £100 in cash was taken after the intruders forced a side window.
At around 3.15pm neighbours disturbed two teenagers trying to break into a house in Martland Crescent, Beech Hill.

The youths, aged between 16 and 18 and wearing dark tops, had removed a panel from the rear door before fleeing without taking anything. One of the characters had acted as a look-out while his accomplice tried to break in.
Police were also called to a home in Buckley Street, Gidlow, when the owner came home to find that someone had smashed the kitchen window and failed to force the rear door at some time between 11am and 3.30pm.

Between those same hours the would-be thieves fled from a house in Maytree Drive, Whitley, after breaking a kitchen window and triggering the alarm.
It was at an address in Bakewell Drive, Beech Hill, that the raiders
stole computers, consoles, a camcorder, watch and digital camera totalling £3,500.
They forced the lock on the back door at some point between 1.30pm and 5.30pm and may have come and gone across from fields at the rear.

The final incident took place in Spelding Drive, Standish Lower Ground when intruders removed a pane of glass from a home's conservatory and then attempted in vain to remove patio doors that would have let them into the body of the house. They fled with only a key.
Neighbourhood inspector, Glenn Jones, said: "This area was really hammered in one afternoon and we do believe that the same team of at least two young males is responsible for all of them. The MO, the location and their closeness in time would strongly suggest links.

"We urge all householders to be on their guard. Lock up premises even when at home, use alarms if you have them and be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour. Any information would help with our intelligence-gathering.
"We will be putting extra resources into the areas targeted."

Those with details are asked to contact either the police on (0161) 872 5050 or Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111.
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Last Updated: 20 February 2008 2:31 PM


Three indicted in pair of January robberies on Giles Street

ITHACA — Three people have been indicted in connection with gunpoint robberies and a burglary in late January.

Nathan A. Smith, 18; Elijah M. Sobus, 20; and Heather Bauer, 34, are charged with four counts of second-degree robbery in connection with two robberies Jan. 22 on Giles Street.

The three are also charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy, both Class E felonies, for the theft of a laptop computer and docking station worth about $2,400 from the Cornell University offices at the Hilton Garden Inn the same day, court papers said.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday. A fourth person thought to be involved was not indicted, possibly because the person is a youthful offender.

According to the indictment, the robberies occurred almost 24 hours apart. In the first incident, Smith and the fourth individual approached a man on Giles Street at about 1 a.m., pointed a silver semi-automatic pistol at him, ordered him to get on his knees and demanded his wallet, which contained $65.

The pair fled with the money to a light-colored PT Cruiser driven by Sobus and rented by Bauer, the indictment states.

At about 11 that night, Smith and the fourth individual brandished what appeared to be dark semi-automatic pistols at a man on Giles Street, ordered the man to his knees and took an envelope with $385 and a cell phone from him.

The pair “laughed and shot orange plastic pellets” at the victim as they walked away, according to the indictment, but the victim chased the pair until they got into the back seat of the PT Cruiser and fled.

“Defendant Sobus was in the driver's seat and defendant Bauer was seated in the front passenger seat,” the indictment reads.

According to court documents, a witness saw Smith leave the Hilton Garden Inn with a backpack at about 7:30 p.m., and the computer equipment was found in his possession the next day, the documents said. Though Smith was charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property in the computer theft, the indictment said the three acted in concert to commit the crime.

Smith and Bauer are being held in Tompkins County Jail on $10,000 and $7,500 bail, respectively. Sobus was released to the supervision of the Tompkins County Probation Department.

CALIFORNIA COMPUTERS STOLEN Police Blotter - San Jose Mercury News


155 W. Moffett Park Drive, 8:50 a.m. Feb. 11 A computer valued at $3,000 was stolen from a business.


100 block of Fair Oaks Lane, 12:22 a.m. Feb. 15 A laptop computer and CD player were stolen from a residence.


Lifeblood Lawsuit Could Cost Billions


  • Lawsuit filed against Lifeblood
  • Plaintiff attorney hoping to get $600,000 per plaintiff
  • Hopes judge will allow class action suit

(Memphis 2/19/2008) "All I want to do is see that there's some justice done here," exclaims attorney Charles Curbo. And according to Curbo, the price of justice is 192-billion dollars.

That's how much he wants Lifeblood to pay his clients in what he hopes will become a class action lawsuit. If you're thinking that price tag is a bit steep. Curbo says think again. "What's an outlandish sum when those planes ran into the trade towers. What's an outlandish sum for that."

Curbo calls the recent computer theft at Lifeblood a matter of national security. Two laptop computers stolen from inside a storage facility at Lifeblood contained information on more than 320-thousand local donors. Names, addresses, driver's license numbers, even social security numbers.

"You got terrorists and stuff who could take this information and print up passports or anything you want. We're talking homeland security implications."

The computer theft happened in January, but Lifeblood waited six weeks before sending a letter to donors alerting them about the theft.

"I don't believe they're negligent, I know they're negligent."

Lifeblood officials say they've stepped up security measures. They're even offering free 12-month credit monitoring to donors. "I don't think that covers Al Quida," said Curbo.

NEW ZEALAND COMPUTER STOLEN FROM SCHOOL Laptop stolen from school - News - The Southland Times

Wednesday, 20 February 2008200802200500

Laptop stolen from school

Central Southland College deputy principal Kathryn Summers got a nasty surprise when she arrived at work on Monday morning to discover her HP laptop computer was missing.

The laptop was believed to have been stolen from Mrs Summers' office at the school on Saturday afternoon.

Principal Andy Wood said the thief was probably an opportunist, who had gained access through an open window in the school's administration block.

The laptop, worth about $2500, was the only thing taken, despite other valuables being around, and the thief left behind plugs for the computer.

Mr Wood said police were investigating the theft.

The school was investigating why its security alarm system had not activated.

Mrs Summers said the theft was more a nuisance rather than a disaster, because her computer had been connected to a network, so her work was not lost.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

UK SOFTWARE TO WIPE STOLEN OR LOST LAPTOPS Software to wipe stolen or lost laptops and collar thieves | UK news | The Guardian

Software to wipe stolen or lost laptops and collar thieves

They may look like an easy steal, but forgotten or carelessly-stored laptops could carry a nasty sting in future.

A British company has patented a hi-tech version of the cash boxes which squirt dye or shoot out telescopic poles - in the form of laptop software which photographs the thief, pinpoints his or her whereabouts and quietly destroys sensitive data.

The system has been tested in Yorkshire following the recent spate of high-profile cases involving government laptops taken home or left in staff members' cars against regulations.

A programme available on licence for £10 a month links to a control centre, which takes action if a laptop is used outside designated areas such as a government office or even a specific employee's desk.

Once connected to the internet, which with the latest generation laptops would happen automatically when switched on, the computer takes repeated pictures of its surroundings while sending out its location to the control centre.

"We guarantee to monitor the state and whereabouts of any laptop's electronic 'heartbeat', and to trigger the destruction of any files in the case of unauthorised, or apparently unauthorised, use," said Dean Bates of Virtuity, the Sheffield-based IT firm which has devised the scheme.

"There are millions of laptops out there containing valuable data. Most of them are not stolen because of that, but it's an obvious attraction if the thief wants to sell the computer on to more serious criminals."

The BackStopp programme is claimed to be undetectable to thieves, both when sending identification data and while wiping sensitive files. With the new generation of laptops, which use mobile phones' GSM (Global System for Mobile communications), the mechanisms would be in action as soon as a laptop left a room - even in the stairwell as a thief escaped from someone's home or office.

The government revealed in January that 69 staff laptops and seven desktop computers went missing from the Ministry of Defence during the previous 12 months.

Extremely sensitive data is usually stored online on virtual private networks (VPN). "We always advise clients to use VPN," said Bates, "but it is more or less inevitable that busy people will download something on to a computer temporarily, but then they forget about it and it stays there. BackStopp is an 'add-on' way of keeping secrets safe, working side-by-side with encryption, which is also vital."

The system has a domestic version which allows data recovery through a separate, password-protected server for absent-minded laptop owners who forget the restrictions and wander out of their own authorised zones.

Laptops now outsell desktop computers worldwide and their portability and small size makes them easy to forget. A six-month survey of property left in London taxis as long ago as 2005 found that 4,973 were left behind.

PHILLIPINES COMPUTER STOLEN FROM HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Burglars strike again at House of Representatives -, Philippine News for Filipinos

Burglars strike again at House of Representatives

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:30:00 02/20/2008

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:30:00 02/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Even the tightly guarded House of Representatives is not theft-free.

Cebu Rep. Antonio Cuenco on Tuesday reported that his Apple laptop computer was stolen from his office, and warned his colleagues to be wary of a band of robbers.

“I’m a victim of robbery-theft in my room in the House of Representatives, and I’d like to warn my colleagues about the operation of thieves,” he said in a speech.

Cuenco said that his staff discovered his Apple Power Macintosh G4 series laptop missing last Monday after robbers broke into his Room 442 at the Mitra Building. The robbers apparently came in from the ceiling.

“The laptop has been in my office for the past five years, and all of a sudden, early the other day, my staff discovered the loss of the computer,” he said.

The Power Mac G4 is priced betweeb $349.95 and $429.95.

This was the first report of a theft occurring in the chamber during the incumbency of the new Speaker Prospero Nograles, who assumed the post two weeks ago after the then Speaker Jose de Venecia was ousted by an overwhelming majority of House members.

Cuenco said that CooP-Natco party-list Rep. Guillermo Cua lost his laptop in another robbery incident in his office three months ago.

“I’d like to caution all other colleagues to keep your valuables at home. They are not safe here in the House of Representatives where a band of thieves are in operation,” he said.

The lawmaker called on the legislative security chief to speed up the investigation of the theft and draw up measures to avoid a recurrence of such incidence.

“If this syndicate of robbers and thieves is not caught, all the other members might become victims,” he said, saying he was hopeful the security team would catch the suspects soon. TJ Burgonio

TENNESSEE COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM HOSPITAL Herald-Citizen Online Edition - Cookeville, TN

Herald-Citizen Staff
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008
COOKEVILLE -- Packed like a little city into a small, busy area and growing all the time, Cookeville Regional Hospital is experiencing an increase in crime.

Thieves have targeted the city hospital in recent months, stealing from patients there, swiping cash and other valuables out of employees' purses, and also
making off with television sets from lobbies and computers from offices.

As one of this area's largest employers (more than 1,500), an average patient census of around 200, and a place frequented daily by vendors and visitors, as well as currently being in the middle of a large construction project, the hospital is arguably the busiest place in Cookeville.

Here are some of the recent cases now under investigation by the Cookeville Police Dept., as well as by the hospital's in-house security force, which is headed by Jimmy Nevins:

* On Feb. 8, security officers at the hospital called police and reported that someone had stolen a Sanyo 15-inch TV out of a hospital lobby. Officer Chris Ferguson said the TV set had been unscrewed from the wall mount.

In another report on that case, Officer Joe Greenwood said a video tape of the incident shows two thieves taking the TV.

* On Feb. 13, Officer Cary Matheney took a report from a hospital employee who said she had arrived at her job in the Imaging Department around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and left her purse in that restricted area for a time.

When she was ready to leave work at the end of her shift, she found that $1,500 cash had been taken out of her wallet.

On Feb. 15, Officer Jeremy Lintz took a report from a hospital employee about the theft of computers.

His report says that sometime between Feb. 5 and Feb. 14, someone stole two Dell monitors and a Compaq computer, the total valued at $1,300, out of an office at the hospital.

* On Feb. 15, Officer Mark Loftis took a report about the theft of a hospital employee's wallet.

The employee had placed her wallet in her locker in her work area and discovered later that someone had stolen it. The wallet contained $200 cash and her credit cards.

* Back in January, a thief entered a patient's room and stole her purse, which contained credit cards and a checkbook.

* In December, a Sparta woman who was a patient in the hospital reported that someone had stolen cash out of her purse.

* Also in December, a woman who was sitting with a relative who was a patient in the hospital reported that her purse was stolen one night while she slept.

Two persons were charged in late December with illegal possession or fraudulent use of a credit card in connection with one of those cases.

Officer Jamey McCurry took warrants against William Robert Vandagriff, 27, and Courtney Roseann Vandagriff, 21, both of Oak St., Baxter.

The warrants allege that the two used credit cards which had been stolen in one of the hospital cases.

The two were arrested and booked and their cases are still pending.

They are not charged with any of the other cases, and all of the cases remain under investigation, police said.

AUSTRALIA COMPUTER STOLEN $1700 goods stolen from school - Local - General - Yass Tribune

Yass Local Police reported the theft of a 17 inch computer monitor, a Panasonic video player, a JVC DVD player and a laptop from Yass Public School.

The electronic goods, worth approximately $1700, were stolen from the school grounds between 6.30pm, February 11 and 7am, February 12.

The stolen laptop belonged to the Yass out of School Care Association [OSCA]. “It’s a very disappointing event, particularly on top of the disappointment of OSCA closing,” OSCA Acting Coordinator Jenny Cocks said. “It’s a blow to all the volunteers who’ve put in so much time already. This just makes their job even harder.”

NORTH AMERICA DATA BREACHES: NewsFactor Business | Data Breaches: A Global Dilemma

Data Breaches: A Global Dilemma
By Phillip Britt
February 19, 2008 7:05AM

"Security is only 25 percent technology," says John Pironti, chief information risk strategist for Getronics, a provider of IT security services and training. "You have to create a culture of security." That culture doesn't exist at all in developing countries where people and companies rely on vendors to tell them how to secure data.

While reporting laws and an insatiable appetite by U.S. consumers for privacy-related news keep data breaches in this country on many people's radar, it's not just a problem in America. Recent widely reported data breaches in the U.K. and Canada highlight the global nature of the problem. In late November, the British government admitted to the loss ofcomputer disks containing detailed personal information on 25 million of the country's citizens as well as an unknown number of bank account identifiers. Some analysts described this incident in published reports as potentially the most significant privacy breach of the digital age.

At about the same time, reports from Canada released information about potential data breaches from lost laptops and from hackedcomputers.

Zeroing In on Toronto

For example, Toronto has one of the highest incidents of laptop Relevant Products/Services theft, according to John Livingston, CEO of Absolute Software, a company that provides software to identify the location of laptops, much like LoJack can identify the location of a car.

"There is a lot of petty crime in the Toronto area," Livingston says. "We have more stolen laptops [based on the company's own reports] in Toronto on a prorata basis than anywhere else. Crime rings here target specific buildings."

For the targeted building, the crime ring members will pose as a cleaning crew to get access, and then they will remove laptops and other materials from offices, according to Livingston. "Laptops are easy targets."

However, many of the crimes never get much notice outside of the local area, he says, adding that notification laws lag behind those of the U.S. That is also the case in many other parts of the world, according to Livingston and other security Relevant Products/Services experts.

The experts agree that the type and amount of breaches in the rest of the world are on par with those experienced in the U.S., though not as many reports of these incidents are released outside of the countries where they occur.

Keeping Score

"The U.S. is much better at tabulating incidents of security breaches. It's much more difficult to tally up incidents overseas," says Ron Knode, the director of global security architecture and design engineering forComputer Sciences Corp.'s Global security Solutions organization.

The biggest problem with overseas security breaches as well as those in this country is the loss of physical media containing sensitive material, says Knode. "It's not cyber-ingenuity; people just got careless." (continued...)

TAIWAN PUBLIC SERVANTS RESOLD STOLEN COMPUTERPublic servants resold own stolen laptop - The China Post

Public servants resold own stolen laptop

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Members of Shihlin District's Lanya Division under Taipei's Environmental Protection Bureau discovered the new laptop computer for their office was the exact same one that was stolen four years earlier.

Suspected thief and employee Chen told Division Chief Chou the laptop, valued at NT$28,000, "went missing" from the office desk. It was suspected by employees in the division to be an "inside job," as no signs of forced entry or a break-in were observed at the scene.

As it was a communal computer, members at the office decided to all contribute to raise the necessary funds to buy a new one to replace the stolen one.

Chen, aged 27, who said he would use the NT$28,000 in cash to buy a new computer. However, when adjusting hardware in the computer, current Division Chief Li discovered the identification code on the main components of the machine matched the computer stolen four years earlier.

Prosecutors are pushing for a tough penalty for the betrayal of trust in the workplace, saying that that Chen be incarcerated for ten months for the offense.

FLORIDA COMPUTER STOLEN Police Beat: Feb. 19, 2008 - Lee County : South Lee : Naples Daily News:

• A Macbook Pro
laptop computer valued at $2,700 and two Gateway computer monitors valued together at $300 were reported stolen Sunday from a model home in the Bella Terra subdivision in Estero.

INDIA CYBER CAFE OWNER ARRESTED FOR PURCHASING STOLEN COMPUTERS The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Metro | Burglary racket bust

Burglary racket bust

Tirtha Chakrabarty, who runs a cyber café from his home in Harinavi, was arrested on Monday for allegedly using stolen computers.

According to police, Chakrabarty, in his mid-30s, had been buying computers stolen by a gang of three for several months. Sambhu Das, Suren Dutta and Suresh Sharma — the trio — are from Sonarpur, on the southern fringes of the city.

A week back, the police rounded up Dutta and Sharma, both middle-aged, in connection with a theft at Beleghata Railway Quarters on the basis of information provided by 23-year-old Das, who had been arrested earlier in connection with a theft case in the same area.

During interrogation, the three told the police that they have been stealing computers and selling them to Chakrabarty. “We know of six cases of computer lifting carried out by the gang across the city. All the stolen computers were sold to Chakrabarty,” said city detective chief Jawed Shamim.

Dutta and Sharma said that they teamed up with Das and started stealing computers in November 2006. They reportedly stole their first computer from a house on Nasiruddin Road, under Karaya police station.

“Two months later, the gang broke into a doctor’s house in Bhowanipore. They then stole from a Montessori school in Beniapukur. The men even broke into acomputer shop on Mission Row and decamped with two computers,” said an officer.

The three would even steal the keyboards of the computers and hand them over to Chakrabarty, who paid between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000 for each computer, said police. The price would be higher for new computers.

“It is possible that the gang had stolen many more computers and we need time to find out if they were involved in other thefts as well. We are investigating if the gang had supplied computers to other cyber café owners in the city,” said an officer of the detective department.

Monday, February 18, 2008

BRAZIL (UPDATE) COMPUTER STOLEN FROM PETROBAS CONTAINED "STATE SECRET" Brazil's President Lula says stolen Petrobras info was 'state secret'

Brazil's President Lula says stolen Petrobras info was 'state secret'

MISSOURI UPDATE COMPUTER STOLEN WEB UPDATE: Crosslines to keep helping despite burglary - Carthage, MO - Carthage Press


An emotional Belle Lown, director of Crosslines Ministries, vowed to continue helping people in and around Carthage despite the burglary last week that saw personal records for about 2,000 people stolen and possibly compromised.

Lown said the person who broke into the building sometime late Thursday or early Friday seemed to know what he or she was looking for and may have been trying to make Lown's job more difficult.

"It had to be someone who had been in the building before," Lown said.
"My computer, my keyboard and my printer were ripped off. We share an office with Economic Security and their computer was not touched. Even my assistant's computer was not touched. I hope it was someone mad at me, targeting me, someone who had no desire to do anything but make my life miserable."'

Lown said whoever got into the building breached a fairly sophisticated security system to get in.

"We're beefing up security in the building," Lown said.

Crosslines has been working to help the less fortunate in Carthage for 23 years, and Lown has been director of the aid group for 22 and a half years.

Carthage Police Det. Randee Kaiser said the burglary happened sometime between the time the last person left the building about 5 p.m. Thursday and when the burglary was discovered and police were called at 7:57 a.m. on Friday.

Kaiser said hard copy files with personal information about approximately 2,000 people were stolen along with other items.

Lown said the burglar also got her computer system. The burglar also seemed to be looking for specific items in Crosslines' inventory of clothing, food, soap and toiletries, and other products.

She said the burglar took specific sizes of diapers and clothes, enough hamburger meat for a family, soap and toothpaste, and other items.

Lown said she's not concerned about the clothes, food and other items stolen, but she is concerned about the information in the computer and files.

"My biggest prayer is that we get the computer back with nothing compromised," an emotional Lown said. "I can even replace the printer and as for the other items, I don't care. My biggest concern is my clients and their personal information."

Kaiser recommended that anyone who has given personal information belonging to themselves or family members to Crosslines should take steps to avoid potential identitytheft.

Some of those steps should include contacting the fraud department of each of the three major credit bureaus.

"Tell them to flag your file with a fraud alert including a statement that creditors should get your permission before opening any new accounts in your name," Carthage police said in a written release. "At the same time you can ask the credit bureaus for copies of your credit report. Credit bureaus must give you a free copy of your credit report if it is inaccurate because of fraud. Review your credit reports carefully and in a few months, order new copies of your credit reports to verify that no new fraudulent activity has occurred. You do not need to order your credit score."

Kaiser said the three credit bureaus and their contact information are Equifax, 1-800-525-6285,; Experian, 1-888-397-3742,; Trans Union, 1-800-680-7289,

Lown said Crosslines will be closed on Monday for the President's Day holiday, but it will continue to be open from 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday at it's offices at 600 E. Sixth St. in Carthage.