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Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and – more importantly – Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information. “It’s an entire profile of who you are,” said Cynthia Larose, chairwoman of the privacy and security practice at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston. “It essentially allows someone to become you.” The danger of cyberattacks was highlighted last week when Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database storing information on 80 million people. That hack led to a particularly valuable trove of data because it exposed Social Security numbers, a key to a range of identity thefts. Those numbers were created to track the earnings history of workers in order to determine Social Security benefits. Now, health care companies are, in some cases, required to collect the numbers by government agencies. They also use them because they are unique to […]

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Health insurer Anthem hit by hackers; millions of records breached

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Health insurer Anthem is admitting hackers breached its computer database and stole personal data from millions of its current and former members. The attack was only discovered last week. It impacts health plans provided by Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare. Anthem, which is the country’s second-largest health insurer, says the hackers gained access to a database containing the personal information for approximately 80 million of its customers and employees. The stolen data includes names, birth dates, medical and Social Security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses, as well as employment and income data. Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish says there is no evidence the hackers accessed bank or credit card numbers, or medical data such as claims information, test results or diagnostic codes. The company says the external cyber attack was “very sophisticated” and once it was discovered they contacted the FBI. So far there is no indication as to whom may have carried out the attack. Anthem has hired cyber security firm Mandiant to evaluate their systems in an attempt to prevent hackers from breaching […]

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Cyber Attackers Stole More Than 61M Customer Records in 2014

Cyber Attackers Stole More Than 61M Customer Records in 2014

New data from IBM (IBM) showed that despite a decline in cyber attack incidents against U.S. retailers, the number of customer records stolen during cyber attacks remained near record highs in 2014. IBM reported that cyber attackers secured more than […]

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Fake driver’s license, credit card used to make $1,000 in purchases from Mansfield Township store, court records say

Fake driver’s license, credit card used to make $1,000 in purchases from Mansfield Township store, court records say

View complete sizeA 27-year-old man has been charged right after police say he utilised a fake driver’s license to open a credit account at Kohl’s and then racked up almost $1,000 in buy on the card. Express-Occasions File PhotoA 27-year-old […]

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New breed of identity thieves targeting your medical records

There’s a new breed of identity thieves. They’re not after just a credit card number. They want your medical records. But are medical providers doing enough to protect those records? These days, patients are counting on their medical providers to […]

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State launches pilot criminal records program

State launches pilot criminal records program



A North Dakota state agency has launched the pilot program of an enhanced law enforcement records system in an effort to keep up with increasing expectations and changing crime trends.

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Hackers Stole 2 Million Customer Records Per Day in Q2 2014

Hackers Stole 2 Million Customer Records Per Day in Q2 2014



The second quarter of 2014 saw 237 data breaches that exposed more than 175 million customer records worldwide, according to the SafeNet Breach Level Index. That’s almost 2 million customer records stolen or lost per day. The retail industry was […]

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Online travel services company exposes more than a million customer records to malicious hacker

Think W3 Limited, an online travel services company, has been served a £150,000 monetary penalty after a serious breach of the Data Protection Act revealed thousands of people’s details to a malicious hacker. The company was hacked in December 2012 after […]

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Hacker Charged with Breaching Government Computers Stealing Employee and Financial Records

Lauri Love, 29, of Stradishall, England, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on charges of conspiracy, causing damage to a protected computer, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Dana J. Boente, […]

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Veterans Affairs selects ASM Research to modernize electronic health records

Top Priority Sector:  cyber_security Fairfax, VA-based ASM Research, an Accenture Federal Services Company, has been awarded a three-year, $162 million contract from the U. Read More….

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