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Elliot Hospital’s four computer workstation gets stolen

May 27th, 2014

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Elliot hospital suffered data breach when employee’s car was broken and computers were stolen. Elliot hospital notified 1200 patients of breach that occurred due to this incident. According to the reports there was no medical or financial data on the workstations and there was only one Social Security Number. The Elliot Hospital employee was apparently transporting the workstations from different Elliot locations.

Patients name were present on workstations. Also 20 emails on computer has data such as date of service, date of birth, address, telephone number and billing codes. Elliot conveyed that they have improved its security processes.

“It’s very important to keep in mind or to understand that this is not a situation involving the breach of electronic medical records,” John Friberg, senior vice president of Elliot Hospital said, according to reports. “In fact, none of the information involved any medical records. For instance, nothing on these four PCs related to any medical history of any patients.”

It is believed that no information has been misused till date. According to new practice, PCs will no longer auto-archive data in the individual hard drive and the data instead will be centrally archived.

Elliot also decided to encrypt it’s PCs.

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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.

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1,100 patients of St. Vincent Hospital notified about laptop theft

February 15th, 2014

St. Vincent Hospital notifies 1,100 patients of laptop theft. Letters were sent out for same. Laptop was used with an EEG machine went missing leading to potential data breach. Laptop was password protected which was connected to an EEG machine (for recording electrical activity in the brain) used for diagnostic testing was detached and stolen. Police was notified immediately after the incident. It is considered by the hospital that laptop was not stolen for the information it contained and thus there may be low risk involved in the data breach.

ST. Vincent spokesperson said that laptop was taken from euro diagnostic department of the main St. Vincent Hospital campus in Indianapolis, a unit where doctors, patients and family members of patients can usually be found.

In a statement issued by the hospital, it mentioned that laptop contained patients’ protected health information (PHI) which includes name, date of birth, gender, date of service, type of service and physician name. This diagnostic testing device didn’t contain information related to the social security numbers or financial data. Affected patients of this stolen incident were advised to request free credit reports from Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion. It is advised to the patients to get the report check for any breach.

According to the spokesperson, “St. Vincent is taking precautionary steps to avoid future incidents, and is evaluating its medical devices, and installing encryption protection software as appropriate. Also, the hospital is working to enhance its physical security measures.”

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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.

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Potential data Breach of 6,777 patients after unencrypted desktop stolen in Albany

January 23rd, 2014

Unencrypted desktop owned by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (PPMH) in Albany, Georgia was found missing. About 6.777 patients are vulnerable to data misuse after the incident. Information like patient names, dates of birth, addresses, dates of services, physician names, diagnoses, and Social Security numbers were present on the desktop. Computer was password protected.

Affected patients were seen between May 2010 and October 2013. PPMH sent notification about the incident and provided a copy online. It offered one year credit monitoring for affected patients.

PPMH also notified the incident to The Albany Police Department but they were not sure about computer being stolen or misplaced. They stated, “We deeply regret any concerns and inconvenience this has caused our patients. We have reviewed and enhanced our security policies and procedures and have re-enforced with all staff the importance of handling patient information with care to prevent something like this from happening in the future.”

PPMH hired computer Forensics Company to investigate the breach. Unencrypted computers are common in data breach stories so security is at high risk. So considering possible misuse involved in unencrypted computers it is recommended to get the best security.

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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.

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.

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Seton McCarthy Clinic: Laptop stolen

October 23rd, 2013

A laptop was stolen from a Southeast Austin medical clinic, it had thousands of patients’ personal information. Now the hospital is doing damage control to make sure their patients don’t become victims of identity theft.

The laptop was stolen from the Seton McCarthy Clinic, as told by the Seton Healthcare Family. The clinic is located at 2811 E. Second St.

According to a press release from Seton, its investigation determined that the stolen laptop included demographic information about patients seen at Seton McCarthy, Seton Topfer and Seton Kozmetsky community health centers and the Seton Total Health Partners program.

“Obviously the more information exposed the greater the risk. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. and globally, and it happens on a daily basis. So many people put information on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, that even if an identity thief gets a small amount of information, they can go on to the Web and underground chat rooms and engineer the rest of the identity.” said Joe Ross, president and co-founder of identity protection company CSID.

The laptop did not have encryption software installed as required by Seton policy due to a missed technology glitch during installation, said Saton.

A letter was sent out to all patients who were at risk more than two weeks after the laptop went missing. Information is also available on Seton’s website,

Patients who receive notification letters and have questions can telephone, toll-free, (855) 724-2743.

Ross further said “We’ll monitor your credit file. We’ll alert you if there are any changes in your credit. They’re offering criminal or court record monitoring to alert you if someone has used your identity to commit a crime”.

While hospital officials don’t believe someone took the laptop with the goal of stealing identities, they’re playing it safe just in case.

Austin police are handling the case but say they have exhausted all leads and have suspended the case for now. Officials with Seton Healthcare say they have enhanced security at all facilities and so far no patients have come forward with any reports of identity theft.

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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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Laptop stolen: contained unfinished novel

October 18th, 2013

A laptop containing an aspiring novelist’s five years’ work was stolen by thieves during a break-in at his Hallaton home.

Just 30 pages away from completing his novel, Remi Mowla was left devastated by the theft, his family told.

Remi is an English literature graduate and had been working on the book for five years and had written about 400 pages, the subject of which he had kept a closely guarded secret.

The Apple MacBook Pro laptop on which it was written was taken from the Mowla’s home in Medbourne Road, Hallaton.

Remi’s dad Masoud Mowla said his son was too upset to speak about losing his laptop.

He said: “Remi is absolutely devastated. He can’t cope with it, he’s so upset. I think it will take him a few months to get his head around it”.

“I’m not saying it was going to be a masterpiece but to put that much into it – it was so precious to him but is worth nothing to anyone else.”

The family has offered a £2,000 reward for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and the return of the laptop.

Police are appealing for information about the break-in – which happened between midday.

“The victim is very keen to get it back and is offering a reward for its return and any information which leads to the arrest of those responsible.” said Det Cons Peter Lockey.

“Two men were seen walking from the direction of Sutton Bassett into Market Harborough and one of them was wearing a hi-visibility jacket. We would appeal to anyone who saw these men or the men themselves to contact us so we can eliminate them from our enquiries.”

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Laptop Stolen: 3,541 UCSF patients information at risk

October 2nd, 2013

UCSF Medical Center is recognized throughout the world for innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research. It is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

A laptop belonging to an employee of UC San Francisco was stolen. Some patients were informed about this laptop theft as the laptop held patient’s personal information.

The security for the protection of health information at UCSF is of utmost importance. UCSF is taking best possible caution and concern, while there is still no evidence that there has been any attempt to access the information.

Letters have been sent informing the 3,541 patients whose information was there in the laptop. The California Department of Public Health and the California Attorney General have been alerted, and federal authorities are also being notified. A special phone line has been installed to address questions from patients who receive the notification letters.

As told by UCSF an unencrypted personal laptop was stolen from the locked vehicle of a UCSF Medical Center employee who works in the Division of Transplantation. When the employee came to know about the theft, he instantly informed San Francisco police, UCSF police and UCSF officials.

To find what information was in the laptop, UCSF immediately began an extensive technical analysis. The analysis revealed that the laptop contained personal and health information of some UCSF patients, including their name and medical record number. Social Security numbers were also involved for a small number of individuals.

Paper documents of 31 patients were also stolen, some of whose information was also on the laptop. Information in the paper documents included patient names, date of birth, medical record number and some health information.

Special phone line has been set up by UCSF to provide additional assistance to all the affected individuals.

UCSF is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information and takes many precautions to secure that information. In response to the incident, UCSF is working to strengthen educational and operational processes to safeguard patients’ health information.

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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3514 UCSF patients information on stolen laptop

September 10th, 2013

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic biomedical, translational and population sciences, as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

A laptop belonging to an employee of UC San Francisco was stolen. Some patients were informed about this theft as the laptop held patient’s personal information.

The security for the protection of health information at UCSF is of utmost importance. UCSF is taking best possible caution and concern, while there is still no evidence that there has been any attempt to access the information.

Letters have been sent informing the 3,541 patients whose information was there in the laptop. The California Department of Public Health and the California Attorney General have been alerted, and federal authorities are also being notified. A special phone line has been installed to address questions from patients who receive the notification letters.

As told by UCSF an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the locked vehicle of a UCSF Medical Center employee who works in the Division of Transplantation. When the employee came to know about the theft, he instantly informed San Francisco police, UCSF police and UCSF officials.

To find what information was in the laptop, UCSF immediately began an extensive technical analysis. The analysis revealed that the laptop contained personal and health information of some UCSF patients, including their name and medical record number. Social Security numbers were also involved for a small number of individuals.

Paper documents of 31 patients were also stolen, some of whose information was also on the laptop. Information in the paper documents included patient names, date of birth, medical record number and some health information.

Special phone line has been set up by UCSF to provide additional assistance to all the affected individuals.

UCSF is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information and takes many precautions to secure that information. In response to the incident, UCSF is working to strengthen educational and operational processes to safeguard patients’ health information.

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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Paper records results to most VA data breaches

August 12th, 2013

According to Stephen Warren, VA Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, paper based records are the leading cause of data breaches at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Warren briefed stated that up to 98 percent of data breach incidents still continue to involve “physical paper”, whereas the theft of patent information contained in electronic devices is very rare and steady now.

Problematic paper records include documentation misplaced, mishandled or improperly mailed by agency employees – such mistakes takes place hundreds of times every month, as suggested by VA’s data breach report over the three-month period. Vetran’s personal information such as Social Security numbers, address, compensation and pension claim ratings is exposed publicly.

Warren said instances where veterans’ information is not kept private are undesirable, but he said that the error rate of VA is very low considering its large number of patients. It has the best error rate in the health care industry for mishandling and it sends millions of packages per month. Patients that experience privacy issues are frequently offered credit protection services from VA.

Warren said “We are constantly reinforcing the fact” that health care matters, emphasizing that every data breach report is investigated and analyzed. In 2008, The VA’s Data Breach Core Team was created, in order to review monthly data breaches they make use of key players in several of the department’s components, assessing risk based on National Institute of Standards and Technology-developed standards.

During this three month period, most data breach incidents were rates as low risk, none were classified as high risk.

Six personal computers and 27 laptops were reported missing between April and June, three of which were not encrypted. Based on the reports, the stolen or misplaced electronic devices did not have access to VA’s network, so it does not appear that private information, with the potential exception of the names of some veterans, was compromised.

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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