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Another 3,497 patients added to data breach list

May 17th, 2014

 

Sutherland Healthcare has to add names of 3,497 patients in the list of data breach. In April, Sutherland has already added 170,200 patients to the list of affected. Now new addition has increased the count to 342,000.

All the patients received Drug Medi-Cal services through the Department of Public Health. Though no Social Security numbers were included in the breach, patient names, addresses and billing information may have been compromised.

The incident dates back when eight computers were stolen from Sutherland’s Torrance, Calif. office. In the initial reports 168,000 patients were included in the affected list for whom patients’ first and last names, Social Security numbers and certain medical and billing information were potentially compromised.

The notification sent by Sutherland to patients assures them that the company takes “patient privacy very seriously,” but doesn’t notified whether it cared enough to encrypt the data.

The California Attorney General’s office likes encryption and noted in a report last year that more than half the 2.5 million victims of data breaches it surveyed in the state in 2012 would have benefited from its presence. Sutherland’s notice offered those affected free credit monitoring services through ID Experts. The final number on the Sutherland breach is as yet unknown, as they did not disclose how many other covered entities may have been affected by this breach.

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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Error in faxing causes united health care breach

March 2nd, 2014

 

A Portland, Oregon man received erroneous faxes containing Protected health Information (PHI) from Community Memorial Hospital patients. Patient info was sent to the wrong recipient, Stephen Butler’s.

Fax included information of patient names, dates of birth, patient ID numbers, admission dates, and discharge dates. Butler called the hospital to inform them about the error after tracing the number to Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Investigation revealed that breach was caused by United Healthcare. Butler initially contacted one of the patients of the hospital. Froedtert Health, which runs Community Memorial Hospital, was alerted of the breach through a patient.

“She took my name and number, said she was very thankful that I called her, and she said she was going to talk to the hospital administration immediately,” Butler said referring to the patient. Butler claims he called the hospital a half dozen times over the past year and told them to stop sending faxes. But faxes were sent erroneously even after repeated requests. He finally started calling the patients and media after which faxes stopped.

United representative issued a statement, “We were alerted by Froedtert Health about this issue earlier today, and we are working closely with them to investigate and determine the facts. We take very seriously the privacy and personal information of our members.” It was not able to determine whether breach was a result of human error or a glitch in the system.

Alertsec strengthens security

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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Data breach: Effects on Business

October 29th, 2013

A data breach is a traumatic experience for every person involved, and it can have negative long-term effects. Your business may deal with loss of revenue from customer turnover and brand mistrust for months or years.

According to a survey, two-thirds of adults in US would not return to business if their personal information was stolen. The survey further provides insight into what types of businesses consumers would most likely stop doing business with if their confidential information was stolen.

“With every data breach comes a cost, including lost productivity, a damaged reputation, and most importantly, decreased revenue when customers take their business elsewhere. This research confirms that by failing to make security a priority, businesses can discourage once-loyal customers from returning. It could also stop potential customers from ever patronizing your business.” said John Otten, marketing manager at Cintas.

Banking, healthcare and lawyers as being under the most scrutiny by people When asked which types of organizations patrons would stop doing business with if their personal data were compromised. More than 55% said that they would change their banks and 39% would get a new lawyer. 46% said that they would switch insurance companies, 42% would go to a different drug store/pharmacy and 40% would get a new doctor or dentist. 35% said that they would not return to their hospital.

Consumers want to know if their money is in safe hands and going to where it is intended when they give to a cause. Accordingly, 38% said they would donate to other charity/non-profit organization, while in the event of a breach, 24% said that they would no longer donate to educational institution they attended.

The survey comes as data breaches continue to be reported, and are being perpetrated via a number of vectors.

A former Broward Health Medical Center employee took documents containing the personal information of nearly 1,000 patients from the Fort Lauderdale health system. The records contained names, addresses, dates of birth and insurance policy numbers.
About 960 patients, treated at Broward Health’s main facility, were notified via letters. These simply informed them that their registration documents had been “inappropriately removed.”

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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Increasing tax related Identity Theft

October 10th, 2013

A report from the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) states that during 2011, 1.5 million fraudulent tax returns were processed, and refunds totaling $5.2 billion were issued to the wrong people.

In calendar year 2012, the Internal Revenue Service identified almost 1.8 million incidents of tax-related identity theft. This figure includes approximately 280,000 incidents in which taxpayers contacted the IRS alleging that they were victims of identity theft. As of midyear 2013, over 565,000 cases have been reported to the IRS.

In an address to tax professionals in Grapevine, Texas, on July 30, 2013, then-IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner and now IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel stated that there are more than 3,000 IRS employees working on identity theft. That’s more than double the number at the start of the 2013 tax filing season. On average, it takes the IRS approximately six months to resolve a tax identity theft issue. However, as the IRS is one of the federal government agencies that have been shut down as a result of the most recent budgetary gridlock within the Administration and Congress, the resolution of tax identity theft issues may take even longer once the IRS is reopened.

IRS is beginning to implement screening filters that help to prevent false returns from being processed. In addition, the IRS has started to issue identity theft PINs to those taxpayers who have been identified as victims of tax-related fraud.

Taxpayers who complete and file IRS Form 14039 (Identity Theft Affidavit) receive an Identity Theft Protection PIN (IP PIN) once their identity has been verified. Returns filed with the IP PIN will be processed as a legitimate return in the usual manner, meaning that even though a taxpayer previously had a tax-related identity theft problem, the use of the unique IP PIN issued by the IRS will allow future returns to be processed in a normal time frame.

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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