Medical billing company suffers data breach

May 20th, 2015

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) suffered a data breach when third party working with the facility reported that approximately 2,200 UPMC patients may have had their records exposed by an employee.

After the incident, a Medical Management LLC employee, no longer works for the company. It was found that the employee copied certain items of personal information from the billing system over the past two years and then illegally disclosed that information to a third party.

Affected information includes names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Statement mentioned that there is no evidence that information about medical histories or treatments was disclosed.

According to the statement:

“We apologize for any anxiety or inconvenience that this incident may cause for our patients,” John Houston, UPMC’s vice president of privacy and information security, said in a statement. “We hold our vendors to the same high privacy standards that we have for ourselves. Based upon the ongoing investigation, we will make whatever changes might be necessary to further enhance our already stringent privacy protections, especially those that apply to our business partners.”

“UPMC has been informed by law enforcement authorities based on their ongoing investigation that more employee information was stolen than they originally knew,” Gloria Kreps, a UPMC spokeswoman, wrote in an email to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This new information has indicated that employee names, Social Security numbers, addresses, salaries, bank account numbers and bank routing numbers may have been accessed.”

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Laptop stolen from a University of Minnesota student

December 9th, 2013

In yet another campus robbery, a University of Minnesota student studying in the Carlson School of Management was forced to hand over his laptop to a man who claimed to have a gun.

The student chased the robber as he fled and was able to retrieve the computer.

The incident pushes the total number of robberies to 27 this fall with all but four occurring off campus. Most victims were targeted for their cellphones, laptops and tablets. Unnerved students have gotten a steady stream of alerts reporting robberies, muggings and sexual assaults on and near campus, prompting petitions, legislative hearings and increased police patrols.

The robbery on Sunday occurred in the Carlson School atrium on the campus’ West Bank. Although the man robbing the student claimed to have a gun, he didn’t show it, university police said. The student gave the robber his laptop, called for help and then chased the man through the building doors that face 19th Avenue and Fourth Street.

The robber dropped the computer, and the student, who was not injured, picked it up.

The suspect is described as a black man who is 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8 tall with a medium build, unshaven facial hair and silver caps on his lower front teeth. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie, dark colored jeans and shoes that were white on the top half and red on the lower half.

Police said the suspect appears to have had an accomplice who stood as a lookout. He is described as a black man, wearing dark clothing with a boot-style walking cast on his left foot.

Last month, an armed man confronted a female student in nearby Anderson Hall, demanding the woman turn over her laptop. She handed him an empty bag and he ran. No arrests have been made in that case.

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