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Missing encrypted devices leads to data breach

March 17th, 2015

Home health and hospice company Amedisys suffered data breach when its encrypted devices which consisted of computers and laptops went missing. Amedisys failed to find near about 142 devices. The incident came to notice when risk management process was conducted. The devices were assigned to Amedisys clinicians and other team members who left the company between 2011 and 2014.

The compromised information includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, insurance ID numbers, medical records and other personally identifiable data.

“The confidentiality and security of patient information has been and will remain a top priority for Amedisys,” Chief Compliance Officer at Amedisys Chief Compliance Officer Jeffrey Jeter explained. “We have worked actively with leading risk management and technology experts to inventory and assess devices that may contain personal or health information and ensure the integrity of our information security systems.”

Amedisys explained the situation on its website statement.

“All of the computers were encrypted, and the vast majority of them were used by licensed Amedisys clinicians to provide care for patients in their homes,” Amedisys stated, adding that it has not been able to rule out “unauthorized access to patient data.”

According to the statement:

We have received no reports of any hacking, fraud, or identity theft. However, as required by law and out of an abundance of caution for our patients, we are providing notice to all patients whose information was on devices because we cannot rule out unauthorized access to patient data on the devices.

Get your personal as well as office laptops encrypted by Alertsec

Unencrypted laptops present a major risk of data loss. 80% of information theft is due to lost or stolen laptops and other equipment. About 50% of network intrusions are performed with credentials gathered from lost or stolen devices. The penalties for a data breach are severe not only in terms of the monetary fines imposed on the organization, but also the potential loss of trust from customers and suppliers. Encryption software greatly enhances the security of your organization’s data as the information is not compromised if a laptop is lost or stolen.

Alertsec Xpress is the full disk encryption service that delivers a mobile data protection system for all information stored on laptops used throughout your organization.

File Sharing and Security

February 28th, 2015

In recent times, file sharing is done frequently on the internal servers, websites or through Instant Messaging service. Due to availability of various services on personal devices like smart phones it has become challenging for the organization to secure the sensitive information. Even unprotected Windows networking shares can be exploited by intruders in an automated way. Companies can follow below guidelines to protect themselves from data breach:

  • Protecting your computer against malicious file sharing tools and websites
  • Domain checking of the website for authenticity and then allowing permission to transfer data
  • Downloading data from trusted sites
  • Save downloads instead of running them from pop up window
  • Checking license agreement and privacy statement before installing any software
  • Avoiding illegal downloads
  • Don’t open mail from unknown sources
  • Don’t share your computer access
  • Regularly update your security software with the patches
  • Check your security on regular basis
  • Don’t open your IM on public list
  • Never send sensitive information or files like credit card numbers, SSN’s etc on IM
  • Secure your IM by contacting security admin regularly
  • Highly social nature of IM helps imposters to get information
  • Beware of sharing your personal as well as company information with strangers

Alertsec strengthens security

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.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Community Center ID Theft

November 12th, 2014

 

A nonprofit system of health clinics in Florida suffered data breach due to identity theft criminal operation. The affected clinic Jessie Trice Community Health Center said that patient’s information was targeted. According to the reports, personal information that was stolen includes Patients’ names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

 

“The leadership of Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. deeply regrets this incident and is working vigorously and diligently assessing how to mitigate future risks to all patients and has implemented new procedures and protocols to protect patient information so that this type of theft cannot reoccur,” Jessie Trice president and CEO Annie Neasman explained in the statement.

 

The incident is under investigation by FBI and IRS. Total count of affected patients stands at 7,888 and are notified about the breach. The organization has retained a leading data breach response vendor to work with patients through the process.

 

For additional information about the JTCHC data breach, statement asks to contact their corporate office. According to the statement, no medical records were obtained or have been compromised. The mode and how the theft occurred are not clear. But the statement mentions that immediate action steps are underway to ensure clients protection.

 

Alertsec strengthens security

 

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.

 

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

 

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

 

No Heath Data Encryption in Federal Sites

November 9th, 2014

Individuals used AIDS-related medical services information on government health websites which lacked health data encryption. In the recent times health care security is on high priority agenda and lapses like federal websites demands for change.  According to the reports, government is taking initiatives to secure the data. The sites have possible risk of exposing the identities of visitors as private information, like the actual latitude and longitude location of visitors.

“The sites and apps did not themselves track visitors, but their data was handled in ways that could have enabled monitoring by employers, universities or others with access to the data flowing between individual devices – such as computers and smartphones – and the Internet.,” the news source reported.

Steve Roosa, a partner at law firm Holland & Knight, first made the health data encryption discovery. Roosa explained that as part of HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces federal healthcare privacy rules when personal medical information is handled by private entities.

“It is somewhat shocking, and more than a little ironic, that HHS has opted not to adhere to its own standards here, when the failure to do so puts sensitive health information at risk,” Roosa said in the report.

Aids.gov was one of the website and its Director Miguel Gomez said they started automatically using encryption for all of its users. Since 2010, the website transmitted unencrypted location information of users searching for healthcare providers online. However, the site started offering encryption services – for those who knew how to use it – since last year.

Alertsec strengthens security

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.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Doctors Can Be Sued

November 2nd, 2014

According to the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling, doctors can be sued for HIPAA Negligence.  Recent case involves Emily Byrne who claimed that Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Westport violated her right to privacy. According to the reports, she didn’t want to share information about her pregnancy with the father of the child, with whom she was no longer in relationship.

The suit mentioned that the organization failed to make any communication with Byrne for his consent before releasing her medical file.

“Before this ruling, individuals could not file a lawsuit claiming violation of their privacy under the (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) regulations,” Trumbull lawyer Bruce Elstein told the news source. “It was for that reason that we filed a negligence claim, claiming the medical office was negligent when it released confidential medical records contrary to the requirements set forth in the regulations.”

According to Byrne, she suffered agony when the father of her child used her personal information for “a campaign of harm, ridicule, embarrassment and extortion.”

The Connecticut Supreme Court agreed that a violation of HIPAA regulations may result in a violation of commonly accepted standards of care. This is the first instance that Connecticut’s Supreme Court has ruled regarding HIPAA negligence. The state now joins Missouri, West Virginia and North Carolina in similar rulings.

Alertsec strengthens security

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.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Facebook alert its users following Adobe data breach

November 19th, 2013

Back in October, approximately 150,000,000 Adobe customer’s user information was compromised in a stupendous data breach. After such a massive damage to Adobe during security breach, Facebook users who use the same credentials as that of Adobe were asked by Facebook to take precaution so as to protect their information. Facebook’s security team is mining the data leaked from the Adobe breach to find users who are currently using the same password that they used for Adobe.

Facebook has locked the accounts of these users and the only way to unlock their account is by answering a few security questions and changing the compromised password. Facebook is telling such users that for their own sake, “No one can see you on Facebook until you finish.”

You may be wondering how Facebook is able to pinpoint which users are committing the security mistake of reusing passwords. The researchers at the social media website pass an Adobe

user’s recovered password through their hashing function, allowing them to see if the result matches what they have on record for that user. These actions show how the website is being proactive and responsible when it comes to users’ security and privacy.

This alertness by Facebook perfectly illustrates the importance of having multiple passwords and not reusing passwords on different sites, especially those which may have been compromised or leaked in the past. It is also critical to create strong and unique passwords that hackers will not be able to guess easily. Following these quick and easy password precautions will ensure your security and privacy on all of your favorite websites.

Alertsec strengthens security

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.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

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A Palestinian programmer Hacks Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page

August 27th, 2013

Khalil Shreateh, an unemployed Palestinian programmer said he was attracted by the $500 bounty the social network giant, Mark Zuckerberg offers to those who voluntarily expose its glitches.

As Facebook ignored his first two reports, Shreateh took his message to the top and hacked into CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal page to prove his point.

Khalil wrote the Facebook CEO that he had no other choice after all the reports he sent to facebook were ignored and that he was not in Mark’s friend list and still he could post on his timeline. He was also sorry for breaking his privacy.

This successful attempt cost Khalil the bounty, but it earned him praise and many jobs offers coming his way for being able to hack Mark’s personal facebook page.

Khalil has been unable to find a job since he completed his graduation in Information Technology two years ago. He told Facebook found a way that allowed anyone to post on anyone else’s wall, just wanted to make a point to Mark Zuckerberg.

In a message posted to the Hacker News, a user-driven security news site, Facebook software engineer Matthew Jones said the initial report was poorly worded, although he acknowledged that the company should have pressed for more information.

“As a few other commenters have pointed out, we get hundreds of reports every day. Many of our best reports come from people whose English isn’t great — though this can be challenging, it’s something we work with just fine and we have paid out over $1 million to hundreds of reporters. However, many of the reports we get are nonsense or misguided, and even those … provide some modicum of reproduction instructions.” said Jones in his message.

Shreateh said he was initially disappointed by the Facebook response but as the job offers started pondering from all over the world he is happy with how things worked out.

“I am looking for a good job to start a normal life like everybody. I am so proud to be the Palestinian who discovered that exploit in Facebook” He said.

Alertsec strengthens security

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.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

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Apple, Facebook, Twitter hacks said to hail from Eastern Europe

February 21st, 2013

While many security experts have been pointing the blame at China for the recent wave of cyberattacks on U.S. companies and newspapers,Bloomberg reports that some of the malware attacks actually may be coming from Eastern Europe.

Investigators familiar with the matter told Bloomberg they believe a cybercriminal group based in either Russia or Eastern Europe is carrying out the high-level attacks to steal company secrets, research, and intellectual property, which could then be sold on the black market.

Evidence that the attacks may be coming from Eastern Europe is the type of malware being used by the hackers, which is more commonly used by cybercriminals than by government spying. Also, investigators have tracked at least one server being used by the hackers to a Ukrainian hosting company.

Roughly 40 companies have been victims of cyberattacks over the past several months. These companies included tech businesses, such as Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, and newspapers, such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press.

Apple announced today that hackers targeted computers used by its employees, but that “there was no evidence that any data left Apple.” In a statement, the company said it discovered malware that made use of a vulnerability in the Java plug-in, and that it was sourced from a site for software developers. Apple blocked Java from some of its Macs late last month using its XProtect antimalware tool and citing security vulnerabilities.

A report by The New York Times yesterday claimed that an “overwhelming percentage” of the cyberattacks on U.S. corporations, government agencies, and organizations came from an office building in Shanghai with ties to the People’s Liberation Army. These allegations remain unconfirmed and flatly denied by Chinese authorities.

The hack on The New York Times itself was months long and included the theft of corporate passwords of Times employees, as well as spying on personal computers. The attacks on Facebook, Twitter, and Apple were a bit different in that reportedly only a small number of systems were infected and the hackers got in via the Java vulnerability.

This isn’t the first allegation of cybercriminals operating out of Eastern Europe. Security firm McAfee Labs published a report in December that warned of increasing attacks on U.S. financial institutions from Eastern European hackers. Dubbed Project Blitzkrieg, McAfee said the possible attacks would be done with a highly developed Trojan that could infect victims’ computers, plant software, and allow cybercriminals to steal information and money.

Get your personal as well as office laptops encrypted by Alertsec

Unencrypted laptops present a major risk of data loss. 80% of information theft is due to lost or stolen laptops and other equipment. About 50% of network intrusions are performed with credentials gathered from lost or stolen devices. The penalties for a data breach are severe not only in terms of the monetary fines imposed on the organization, but also the potential loss of trust from customers and suppliers. Encryption software greatly enhances the security of your organization’s data as the information is not compromised if a laptop is lost or stolen.

Alertsec Xpress is the full disk encryption service that delivers a mobile data protection system for all information stored on laptops used throughout your organization.

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Facebook, Yahoo Fix Valuable security Holes

February 13th, 2013

Both Facebook and Yahoo! recently fixed security holes that let hackers hijack user accounts. Interestingly, access to methods for exploiting both of the flaws appears to have been sold by the same miscreant in the cybercrime underground.

According to Softpedia, Facebook has addressed a serious vulnerability after being notified by independent security researcher Sow Ching Shiong.

“The security hole allowed hackers to change the passwords of accounts they had compromised without knowing the old passwords. Whenever users change the password that protects their Facebook account, they’re required to enter the current password before they can set the new one. However, the expert found that cybercriminals could change a user’s password without knowing the old one by accessing the “https://www.facebook.com/hacked” URL, which automatically redirected to the compromised account recovery page.”

Information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity indicates that this “exploit” was being sold to a handful of members of an elite underground forum for $4,000 per buyer. The individual selling the exploit is the same hacker that I reported last year as selling access to a vulnerability in Yahoo!  that let attackers hijack email accounts.

In late November 2012, I wrote about a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Yahoo! thatwas being sold for $700 in the underground by an Egyptian hacker named TheHell. Shortly after that story, the hacker changed his nickname, but continued selling the exploit. Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal‘s AllThingsD blog reported that Yahoo! had fixed the flaw I pictured in the video from that blog post.

“Web giant Yahoo just confirmed that it has been dealing with a vulnerability to its email service that may be connected to a surge in breaches of email accounts that are being used to send spam and other annoying content,” wrote Arik Hesseldahl. “I just got a statement from a Yahoo spokeswoman saying that the vulnerability seen in a video has been fixed.”

Get your personal as well as office laptops encrypted by Alertsec

Unencrypted laptops present a major risk of data loss. 80% of information theft is due to lost or stolen laptops and other equipment. About 50% of network intrusions are performed with credentials gathered from lost or stolen devices. The penalties for a data breach are severe not only in terms of the monetary fines imposed on the organization, but also the potential loss of trust from customers and suppliers. Encryption software greatly enhances the security of your organization’s data as the information is not compromised if a laptop is lost or stolen.

Alertsec Xpress is the full disk encryption service that delivers a mobile data protection system for all information stored on laptops used throughout your organization.

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