Theft

Financial companies get new security law

February 28th, 2017

The State of New York will be implementing new regulations that require banks, financial services companies to have cyber security programs and also maintain them to specific standards.

“As our global financial network becomes even more interconnected and entities around the world increasingly suffer information breaches, New York is leading the charge to combat the ever-increasing risk of cyber attacks,” Maria T. Vullo, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, said in a statement.

Financial companies now need to check security at third party vendors. Also, they need to maintain adequately funded and staffed cyber security program. It should be monitored by qualified management. The team should report to organisation’s senior body.

Standards are also set for access controls, encryption and penetration testings. Breaches should have response plan. Preservation of data comes under this new rule. And notification to the Department of Financial Services should be sent.

Prevalent director of product management Jeff Hill told “The economic wake of a substantial data breach can stretch for years, impacting not only tangible bottom line results, but also inflicting reputational damage that can linger indefinitely.”

“New York State’s new rules are particularly forward-looking in that they emphasize the importance of understanding and managing third party risk, the source of more than half of all breaches according to a number of studies,” Hill added. “Addressing what is often the soft underbelly of many enterprises’ cyber security defenses — third parties/vendors — the State of New York is forcing a critical element of its economic infrastructure to cover all its bases.”

“In recent times, the regulatory pendulum has begun to swing in favor of a ‘lighter’ approach for banks, financial services and for other industries too, for that matter,” VASCO Data Security head of global marketing David Vergara said by email. “It’s good to see, however, that good sense regulations like this one have survived to offer additional consumer protection via thorough evaluations of third party vendors, comprehensive risk assessments and advocacy for stronger multi-factor authentication.”

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Stolen PHI leads to data breach

December 27th, 2016

Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates recently announced a data breach due to theft involving PHI records. Apparently, the records from the years 2006 to 2007 were affected. The Lewisville Police Department has now located the records and returned it to the facility.

Affected information included patients’ names, addresses, and office medical records. Facility mentioned that in some cases, Social Security number, credit card number, or banking information was involved.

According to the statement, the records went missing from an off-site storage. The police department later recovered the records and other stolen materials from a hotel room. Facility has removed all items out of this storage unit after the incident. It has also notified banks of potential fraudulent activity.

Oak Cliff begun an investigation. It hired legal team to determine the extent of the unauthorized access. Legal team mentioned that there is no evidence of data misuse.

Oak Cliff has sent letters to the affected individuals mentioning the details of the incident. It is offering one year of free identity protection and restoration services. Individuals are also advised to take steps to safeguard their information in the future. As per the OCR data breach reporting tool, incident affected 1,057 individuals.

According to the statement, “Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates understands the importance of safeguarding their patients’ personal information and takes that responsibility very seriously. The office regrets that this incident has occurred, and is committed to prevent future such occurrences “

Oak Cliff had asked individuals to call a dedicated assistance line for any additional information. Also, steps to better protect against identity theft is provided through a helpline.

For Identity Protection, Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates asks potentially impacted individuals to enroll in the complimentary identity protection and restoration services. Also, it asked impacted patients review their account statements for any suspicious activity.

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Robbery and Data breach

May 2nd, 2016

A California-based chiropractic office, Vibrant Body Wellness suffered data breach after its facility was burgled. The incident affected around 600 patients.  According to the reports, laptop and hard drive was stolen. It contained health related data.

Vibrant Body Wellness published the statement as –

“We were robbed! Literally.Yes, it’s sad but true — our office at Vibrant Body Wellness was broken into during the weekend of March 5th to March 8th.  Things were stolen and no one was physically injured.  We are grateful for that, and have been sorting through the violation and the lessons over the past month.  The support and well wishes from our practice members and from our community members has been heartening, so thank you for reaching out and for your patience as we replace equipment and update security procedures.”

Affected information included names, addresses, dates of birth, contact information, diagnoses, and billing information. The laptop was password-protected. Also, the patient information on the hard drive was encrypted.

Local law enforcement officials were notified about the incident. As per the statement, notification letters are sent to affected individuals. They are also encouraged to place a fraud alert on their credit accounts. The practice believes that the information is not being misused or inappropriately accessed.

“We understand that this may pose an inconvenience to you. We sincerely apologize and regret that this situation has occurred,” wrote the owner of the practice, Teresa Lau, DC, in a letter to affected patients. “Vibrant Body Wellness is committed to providing quality care, including protecting your personal information, and we want to assure you that we have policies and procedures to protect your privacy.”

Facility also provided information for placing initial fraud alert, “We are keenly aware of how important your personal information is to you.  You may place an initial fraud alert on your own credit account with Equifax, who will notify the other two credit bureaus.  The fraud alert does not impact your credit score and provides an extra layer of protection–creditors must contact you directly before issuing credit in your name.  The initial fraud alert lasts for 90 days, is free, and can be renewed for free after 90

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Stolen flash drive and data breach

April 25th, 2016

A dental clinic in Wisconsin recently suffered a healthcare data breach after theft incident. Flash drive containing patient information was stolen. According to the reports, flash drive stored dental information of patients.

Potentially exposed information included names, dental patient identification numbers, dates of visits, and dental insurance identification numbers. Financial information was not contained on the flash drive, confirmed Oneida Health Center. Flash drive was stolen from its office.

According to the statement,

“If affected individuals have broader concerns regarding their information, they may also contact one of the three major credit bureaus (below) to place a fraud alert on their credit report. Once one credit bureau confirms the fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will automatically be notified to place alerts. “

Theft incident affected around 2,700 individuals. Onieda Health Center stated the scope of incident is limited. Also, there is no indications that the data was misused or inappropriately disclosed. Facility requested patients to notify their dental insurance companies and monitor for identity theft.

Local law enforcement is working to solve the case and notified all affected individuals of the security incident.

“To prevent a reoccurrence of this type of isolated internal incident, we are implementing the following measures: Reviewing and implementing administrative procedures regarding the use of flash drives and implementing appropriate technological safeguards concerning their security and storage,”

explained the press release.

According to the reports, personal identifying data, financial information, social security information, claims information, or any other diagnosis/ treatment information was not present on the stolen flash drive. Also, the information was related only to specific dental category and information from any other departments within the Oneida Health Center was not involved.

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Data breach may affect 200,000 individuals

December 17th, 2014

Belle Glade office of Family Central, Inc. in Florida suffered data breach when former employee accessed the electronic database inappropriately. The said database manages the personal information of individuals applying for or receiving services from the coalition.

“The security breach compromised the personal information of individuals whose data is contained in the system, including parents and children residing in Palm Beach County who have received school readiness services or participated in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program,” the statement read.

According to the reports, federal officials are investigating the incident. Individuals who have received services from the organization are encouraged to carefully monitor their credit history and enroll for free fraud alerts with one of the three major credit agencies.

“Family Central has implemented additional security measures including expanded security training for all employees, further restricting access to the information system and revising data security policies,” the statement said.

Currently, 177 individuals are affected but the number can grow.

According to the statement published on company’s website –

Individuals who have received services from the coalition and Family Central, Inc., may wish to review their credit history for any potential fraudulent or suspicious activities they have not authorized.  To protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft, they may also place a free fraud alert on their credit files.  A fraud alert notifies creditors to contact individuals before opening new accounts in their name.  

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ProMedica Bay Park Hospital suffers data breach

May 29th, 2014

ProMedica bay Park hospital has decided to notify about 500 affected patients about the data breach. Protected Health Information(PHI) had been copied by the incident when employee inappropriately gained access to the information. Compromised data includes patient names, dates of birth, diagnoses, attending physicians, and medications. According to reports, Social Security numbers and financial data were not accessed.

“ProMedica Bay Park Hospital values patient privacy and deeply regrets that this incident occurred,” the organization said in a statement, reported by northwestohio.com. “The hospital is taking this matter very seriously. ProMedica immediately deactivated the employee’s access to patient information and the individual is no longer employed by ProMedica. ProMedica Bay Park Hospital has completed an internal investigation and is taking precautions to prevent any further health information breaches. This includes additional training for employees to ensure they understand and follow patient information access policies.”

It was revealed that previous employee accessed records of patients when not in directly under the employee’s treatment. The hospital said it will offer all affected patients a one-year membership for identity theft protection services, which includes a security freeze on their credit file, 90-day fraud alert notice, and free annual credit reports and other account statements.

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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.

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South Carolina Insurance data stolen: Notofication sent after two months

January 9th, 2014

State mandated health insurance program in S.C. notified customers about laptop theft which has occurred two months earlier according to website, GoUpstate.com. The laptop belonged to one of the company’s auditor and reportedly it was password protected, the laptop was stolen from individual’s car. Information about stolen laptop was notified to the police next day and the SC Health Insurance Pool.

SC Health Insurance Pool, run by the SC Department of Insurance had hired Columbia accounting firm DeLoach & Williamson to review their claims and payments. The laptop had important personal information like patient names, dates of service, provider identification numbers, and Social Security numbers as per The Post and Courier. In total 3,432 customers were affected who earlier used the program in 2011 and 2012.

Personal information may lead to data theft due to possible violation of company policy as per the Attorneys for DeLoach. It is prohibited to leave laptop in vehicle unattended which leads to theft. The pool mentioned that it does not allow employees to take customer information outside company offices.

Despite theft knowledge within week, customers were not informed. All the affected customers were mailed about the incident.

“First, we had to determine what type of information was included,” Cynthia Hutto of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough said. Apparently delay was caused due to the process of information collection for mailing address and setting up free credit monitoring. Cost for same is covered for one year by the auditor and respective mailing notification is sent for same.

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In last three years 1,500 laptops stolen in Oxford

November 29th, 2013

Increasing number of laptop theft cases are being reported in Oxford, as a result laptop owners have been urged to download tracking programmes and register their devices.

Police figures show that more than 1,500 laptops have been snatched in the city in less than three years.

The statistics, obtained by the Oxford Mail under the Freedom of Information Act, also show thieves took laptops from car parks, hospitals, churches and camp sites.

Last year 625 of the portable computers were taken in 479 thefts. In 2011 638 laptops were stolen during 491 thefts. Before the end of August this year, 387 laptops had been stolen in 290 thefts.

“Software can be downloaded to track computers and mobile phones. There has been variable success with them. It relies quite heavily on signal strength in the area so they are rather hit and miss.” said Former Thames Valley Police crime reduction advisor – Nick Gilbert.

Mr Gilbert, who now runs his own security consultancy in Witney, also said property – anything from cars to jewellery – can be registered for free at immobilise.com.

“If anything goes missing, providing you have all the information they need, there is a reasonable chance if it turns up anywhere in the county, it will be easy to find and recover” said Mr Gilbert.

But he said it was most important to take a note of the serial number because without it police cannot track the owner if they find the computer.

A brand new laptop worth £1,000 belonging to entrepreneur and former lawyer John Moore was stolen in Blackwell’s Bookshop cafe in September but it has not been recovered. The American lost details of a business scheme.

The Oxford resident said he wished he had known about tracking software before the theft, adding: “If I had downloaded it I definitely would have had the computer back.”

But he also said laptops should be better security protected so they were only accessible to the owner, adding: “If thieves understood that stealing a laptop is going to get them nowhere they are not going to steal them.”

Chauffeur Richard Arrandale lost photographs and a family history project when his laptop was stolen from his Kidlington home earlier this month.

He said thieves who take laptops also take sentimental information, adding: “A lot of people keep their personal stuff on their computers.”

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7 laptops stolen from Tulare Salvation Army

September 23rd, 2013

Seven laptops were stolen from the Tulare Salvation Army computer lab. The laptops were used by local youth to enroll in college classes and adults to learn English.

Salvation Army Capt. Harold Laubach said “the computers were also used by some young people to apply for jobs online and during tutoring sessions for middle and elementary school students. All of a sudden teens don’t have access to college enrollment”.

The laptop theft incident took place during the day time when the Tulare Salvation Army received help from a number of different people in the community.

“One you steal from a church but two you feel from a charity that’s also a church and where are we supposed to go find more money to buy more computers and that’s the bad part you know-stealing is stealing you know but you steal from a charity that provides computers for free?” Laubach said.

After this theft, the Salvation Army doesn’t have enough computers now to run its adult language classes or open up the lab for youth group sessions. Laubach says a lot of teenagers come in to use the computers because they don’t have internet access at their place.

The Beaumont Foundation had donated these laptops, along with dock stations, screens, keyboards and other accessories, to the Salvation Army. While they weren’t new, the computers were getting plenty of use with the tutoring, college enrollment, online job application and ESL classes. Three months ago, a server that provided Internet access was installed.

“They outfitted the place. Internet access was set up and use picked up. The teens don’t have anything to work on” he said.

Tulare Police Sergeant Darron Altermatt said the theft is under investigation. No arrests have been made. Police estimated the value of laptop at $100 each.

The computer lab was empty. Computer monitors were dark. Keyboards were unhooked and cords’ connections sprawled about.

To the electronics thief, Laubach said: “They’re hurting people who came to the lab. I hope they can sleep at night.”

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Drug arrest followed up Laptop theft

April 17th, 2013

There has been a robbery incident reported recently at a Magnolia pizza shop overnight has alerted a police investigation that has also led to an arrest involving steroids, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

After Police learned something suspicious, they executed a warrant followed by Laptop theft to search the basement of a Fuller Lane residence where a person named Brook L. Faulkner, 27, lived and they found Toshiba laptop that had been stolen from Tony’s Magnolia House of Pizza, which lead to Faulkner’s arrest, according to police.

According to the police report, a window has been broken on the kitchen area of the pizza shop and he crawled inside to take out the computer, as told by Faulkner to Police. Later, he also admitted to having taken coins, which was brought to a Coin Star machine by him to to trade for cash.

It seems that Faulkner was behind the whole incident of Laptop theft. So, he’s under the store would have the Laptop encryption this theft would have been avoided by the store manager

Later on, Police recovered a metal can consistent with one which was taken from the shop, police said. During the search, they also found heroin, as well as “numerous” needle and syringes, including steroids, sodium chloride, a drug which is typically used to cure breast cancer in a very advanced stage but but also helps in aiding body building.

When the Laptop theft main convict Faulkner was taken under arrest, Police said that they found a “fresh cut” on his hand, in between his fingers which was a result of “consistent with being cut by a sharp object,” like a broken glass.

According to court’s order, the convict Faulkner faces a felony charge of breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit larceny of property and while committing malicious damage to property. He also faces new charges of heroin possession and steroid possession.

Faulkner was found accused of the criminal acts he has done by breaking into the outlet and entering at night with an intention to commit personal property theft as well as the charge of maliciously damaging the property. He is also charged with drugs possession like heroin and steroids.

Later, the stolen laptop was presented to the business owner by the Police and they identified the laptop as the stolen computer. Police also found a file photo of the pizza restaurant’s menu on the computer too and matched it with the desktop background to the background described in the initial police report. All these proves that the recovered laptop belonged to the business owner.

Faulkner, is a pro in these crimes, as he has a history record of drug charges, said police. Recently, he had been enrolled in a rehabilitation program, but according to a police report, he has been “slipped up and started using it again.”

7 years ago, in November 2006, Faulkner had pleaded guilty to heroin possession in front of the court and he was placed on a year’s probation. Later, in March of 2007, he was arrested again on a warrant and faced additional charges on possession of drugs, when arresting officers found a glass pipe with marijuana residue in his home.

According to the Times archives, most recently, in July of 2009, Faulkner was ordered to serve a year in Middleton Jail after he pleaded guilty for distributing the cocaine in downtown Gloucester.

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