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.