Stolen laptop and data breach

March 8th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit suffered data breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car. Facility provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment. According to the statement, Valley Hope Association acknowledged that sensitive patient information is potentially at risk.

Affected information includes patient names in conjunction with one or more personal information identifiers, such as Social Security number, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, state identification or driver’s license numbers, physician name, treatment and treatment location, diagnosis, medical record numbers, disability code, usernames and passwords, tax identification numbers, patient account information, health insurance information, financial information, and medical information.

“The employee reported the theft to Valley Hope Association on December 30, 2015, and we immediately launched an investigation to determine the precise contents of the laptop at the time of the theft,” Valley Hope Association confirmed. “We also disabled the laptop’s network connection capabilities, disabled the employee’s access credentials, and confirmed that our network systems were not accessed by the laptop since the employee’s last valid access before the laptop was stolen.”

Valley Hope Association added that third-party forensics experts have been brought on to help “confirm the nature and scope of this incident.” The statement failed to disclose the number of affected individuals but OCR data breach tool reported that 52,076 individuals were possibly affected. Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.


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