When Your Local Newspaper Helps Identity Thieves By Printing All Your Private Info

from the whoops dept

Forget worrying about whether various companies or government agencies are leaking your data to identity thieves, now you need to wonder if you're local newspaper is going to help them out. Apparently, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine ran a photo of a lottery winner which clearly showed the lottery paperwork, including the winner's name, address, telephone number, date of birth and Social Security number. In other words, everything you need for a bit of identity theft -- and who better to target than a recent lottery winner? So far, the only thing the newspaper has done is promised to hire someone to review the person's credit reports. Either way, it seems pretty bad that no one caught on to the fact that they were about to print all this information in the newspaper.


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    Max Lyon, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 9:09am

    Lawsuit in the making....

     

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    Lazerus King, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 9:12am

    Wow

    And they say lightning never strikes twice...
    WINNER!

     

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    Ayal Rosenthal, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 9:17am

    cache

    So did google get an opportunity to cache that information as it was trolling the web? Hopefully, the newspaper took it down in time so that the info is a little bit harder to get. Hopefully...

     

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    Matt, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 9:24am

    re cache:

    and if google had, this would be the time a reasonable person would email them, and ask them to take it down, instead of going "lawyerzilla" on them... Save that for the idiot newspaper!

     

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    Sam, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 10:50am

    do you guys know...

    The readers of this page know a lot about technology that the average newspaper staffer doesn't know. Hopefully, they'll learn before they publish all of our stuff in the newspaper.

     

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    Kentucky Fats, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 1:49pm

    Newspapers

    With freedom of the press comes responsbility. I have seen responsible journalism two or three times in my long life.

     

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    Nehmo Sergheyev, Mar 16th, 2007 @ 1:59pm

    I couldn't find the pic. That doesn't mean it isn't available. But it's not that harmful. Social Security numbers are available through a number of sources. The kind of people who want them already know these sources.

    And I doubt there's any law suit. Not everything is actionable. Usually, you have to show damages.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2007 @ 10:30am

    Freedom of Press

    > With freedom of the press comes responsbility.

    Freedom of press does not mean inflicting harm on civilians. It means reporting the atrocities and wrong doings of the government. Freedom of press means that the government cannot coerce, threaten, intimidate, or punish someone for printing stories about the government's actions or about alternative political philosophies. It does not mean that you can victimize innocent people who have nothing to do with government to make a quick buck.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 18th, 2007 @ 6:05pm

    Ever heard of sarbanes-oaxley?

     

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    Alan, Mar 18th, 2007 @ 10:13pm

    The reporter that snapped the picture was probably just pissed off that their ticket didn't win and this was payback.

     

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    Robert Martin, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 7:16am

    Coward, I've heard of Sarbanes-OXLEY, but I have no idea how it relates to THIS...

    ??

     

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