Social Security

Beebe Healthcare notified 1,900 patients of a data breach through contracted employee

February 27th, 2014

Potential data breach came to notice when contracted employee did not show up for work. It was learned by the co-workers that the employee had previously been arrested for identity theft in Pennsylvania. Beebe healthcare of Delaware notified 1,900 patients of a data breach. It was observed that employee had worked at three Beebe offices in their network.

Beebe Healthcare has hired forensics team to conduct an enquiry into possible data breach. It was observed that no information is misused. In statement it explained, “Our investigation determined that during her assigned job duties, the contractor had access to patient medical records, which included patient names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health insurance information and clinical information.” Beebe Internal Medicine in Lewes, Beebe Family Practice in Millville, and Beebe Pulmonary Associates were affected location.

“Upon learning of this information, we immediately terminated the contractor’s engagement and began a thorough investigation, including hiring a national forensic expert firm. Our investigation determined that during her assigned job duties, the contractor had access to patient medical records, which included patient names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health insurance information and clinical information.

Based on our investigation and the work of the national forensic experts, we have no evidence that patient information was removed from Beebe or has been used inappropriately in any way. Although the staffing agency with whom we contracted performs background checks on all applicants, the report did not reflect any potential criminal activity for this individual,” Beebe further added in the statement, “We deeply regret any inconvenience this has caused our patients. To prevent this from happening in the future, we are performing our own background checks of all staffing agency employees and will no longer rely on staffing agencies to do so.”

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16 million affected by Data Breach last year

October 14th, 2013

Around 16 million people were affected by data breach incidents last year and more than a quarter of them went on to suffer from identity theft, according to new research.

The worst hit were those who lost payment card and Social Security number data and suffered the highest rates of fraud in the retail, financial and healthcare sectors.

In America, 4.4 million people were notified that their payment card information had been compromised in a data breach, and subsequently suffered fraud on their existing credit or debit cards. In addition, 1.26 million Americans were notified that their Social Security numbers were compromised in a data breach and became victims of identity fraud.

Recent massive data breaches like the one at Adobe, in which as many as 3 million encrypted credit card details maybe have been compromised, have highlighted just how much data can be stolen in one go.

As many as 270,000 Americans who were notified that their online banking credentials had been compromised in a data breach last year also went on to suffer fraud on their financial accounts.

A further 324,000 subsequently became victims of fraud against their checking, savings or current accounts.

Al Pascual, senior analyst of security, risk and fraud at Javelin Strategy and Research said “By breaching the data stores of businesses in the financial, healthcare and retail industries, criminals can obtain the fuel they need to execute various fraud schemes, and these crimes have crippling consequences”.

Opportunities to identify thieves has increased than ever before because of increasing moves towards digitization of patient records in healthcare, and the rise of online banking.

“Identifying and protecting the sensitive information typically stored by these industries is essential for mitigating the risk of a data breach and, therefore, the risk of financial loss to data custodians, consumers and third-party businesses,” Pascual said.

The following steps can be taken to identity theft arising from data breaches:

  • Locate and identify sensitive data.
  • Classify sensitive data accordingly.
  • Secure data based on risk profile.
  • Develop policies to mitigate future data management issues.

For now, the hunt of identity theft continues, and as long as organizations make themselves such easy and lucrative targets, we can assume the amount of data breach incidents are only going to rise.

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