Bank takes Internet banking facility offline due to scam.

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NZ City (New Zealand) – The Bank of New Zealand’s Internet banking Website was offline on Thursday, October 20, after reports of customers being targeted by a phishing scam. The bank said it became aware of the latest scam targeting its online customers at about 1 p.m. local time Thursday, and took its banking Website offline at that time. The Website may be online again by Friday, October 21, but is likely to be without some of its functions until further notice.
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Vermont college mistakenly posts students’ personal information.

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Vermont Technical College, located in Randolph Center, VT, mistakenly posted every student’s Social Security number on the Internet for almost two years, college officials said. The data, along with names, addresses, SAT scores and ethnicities, were removed last week, and there was no indication that the information was downloaded by identity thieves, officials said. The 2003 information was publicly posted in January 2004 when the college’s coordinator of tutoring services tried to direct it to a secure computer drive but inadvertently sent it to the public Website instead, college President Allan Rodgers said. The error was discovered last week by a former student who plugged his own name into the Google search engine.
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School district fears identity theft.

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The Mountain Home School District in Idaho has notified its employees that its employee database may have been compromised and that they should be aware of potential identity theft problems. Superintendent Tim McMurtrey was notified by the Idaho State Police of the potential problem last week after Jerome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people in a Twin Falls motel, originally on drug charges. In the course of their investigation authorities discovered a whole series of allegedly forged or stolen driver’s licenses and $17,000 in counterfeit checks. A number of the drivers licenses were in the names of Caldwell School District, ID, employees and several of the checks, which displayed the Caldwell School District logo on them, were apparently meant to be drawn on the Caldwell School District account. In addition, however, authorities also found a list of Mountain Home School District employees and their Social Security numbers. At present, there is not evidence to suggest those names or numbers had been used by the suspects, McMurtrey said. Mountain Home School District employs over 300 staff.
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Identity Theft Summit

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October 19, Albuquerque Tribune (NM) – Summit attendees discuss identity theft. Several law enforcement representatives in New Mexico, as well as national officials, attended a statewide summit to discuss identity theft Monday, October 17. The summit was put on by the New Mexico Securities Division Regulation and Licensing Department to discuss solutions to the growing problem. As it is, New Mexico is ranked twelfth in the number of identity-theft victims in the United States with 83.4 per 100,000 population in 2004, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Police Officer Matt Flotte said that identity theft is still not seen as a serious crime in the eyes of many law enforcement officers. “Most officers are still under the opinion that it’s a secondary crime and don’t realize the huge impact it has on its victims,” he said. New Mexico Identity Theft Summit 2005:
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