This post by guest blogger Peggy Reetz first appeared on her blog,


According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, in 2005, DSW Shoe Warehouse suffered a data breach affecting over 1.4 million customers, across 25 states.  Between February 1 and February 14, 2005, hackers gained unauthorized access to the DSW main computer system and then the criminals downloaded credit card and checking account information pertaining to customers (the DSW incident was a part of the same scheme that targeted TJX, Barnes & Noble, Target, Sports Authority, Boston Market -see, The Great Cyberheist, by James Verini, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 10, 2010 –using a technique known as “war driving,” hackers sat in vehicles outside stores with laptops and high-power radio antennae to gain access to networks).  DSW was first alerted of the problem in March of 2005.  In the wake of the breach, DSW incurred expenses relating to customer communications, public relations fees, customer claims/litigation and attorneys fees in connection with the investigations…

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The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) was founded in 1986 by industry professionals who recognized the need for a forum for individuals involved in the field of professional liability. The Society is a non-profit organization with membership open to persons interested in the promotion and development of the professional liability industry. Membership consists of over 6,500 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 200 companies through corporate membership. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, assistance to its members to help serve clients, and information regarding professional liability. The Society is continually seeking new means to fulfill its mission statement and better serve its members.

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