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CalOptima Reports Potential Loss of Patient Claims Information (updated)

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ORANGE, Calif. (October 23, 2009) – CalOptima has identified the potential loss of past medical claims information for approximately 68,000 of its members that was stored on electronic media devices.

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Former Wachovia employee convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Juan Rombado, a former Wachovia Bank employee, has been convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from several schemes aimed at defrauding his employer through the theft of customer identities, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced. Indicted and arrested in August 2009, Rombado pleaded guilty to both counts before United States District Judge Vanessa Gilmore.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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FTC settles latest charges against ChoicePoint

October 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ChoicePoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest data brokers, has agreed to strengthened data security requirements to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed to implement a comprehensive information security program protecting consumers’ sensitive information, as required by a previous court order. This failure left the door open to a data breach in 2008 that co...

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Retail sales associates sentenced for role in credit card, bank fraud

October 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Four men from Atlanta Georgia were sentenced this week by United States District Judge Orinda D. Evans on charges of bank fraud, credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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PayChoice Suffers Another Data Breach

October 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Payroll services provider PayChoice took its Web-based service offline for the second time in a month on Wednesday in response to yet another data breach caused by hackers.

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Lawsuit: 29,000 say Kaiser hid security breach

October 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Twenty-nine thousand Kaiser employees say the company did not inform them for more than a year about a security breach that left their personal information vulnerable to thieves. One employee says a woman stole her identity and used it to run up credit-card charges and “commit crimes across the country.”

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Operation Phish Phry reels in 100 in U.S. and Egypt

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The largest number of defendants ever charged in a cyber crime case have been indicted in a multinational investigation conducted in the United States and Egypt that uncovered a sophisticated “phishing” operation that fraudulently collected personal information from thousands of victims that was used to defraud American banks.

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Highmark changes it procedures in wake of BCBS breach

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

that their Social Security numbers or tax ID numbers were on the stolen laptop containing their unencrypted data. A BCBS employee had reportedly breached policy by downloading the unencrypted database to a personal computer that was later stolen from the employee’s vehicle.

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Gmail, AOL and Yahoo logins posted online; weak passwords

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

More than a quarter of a million email accounts on the biggest webmail services are believed to be at risk from online criminals after thousands of passwords belonging to users of the Yahoo, AOL and Gmail services were posted online.

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850,000 doctors could be hit by potential data breach

October 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A file containing identifying information for every physician in the country contracted with a Blues-affiliated insurance plan was on a laptop computer stolen from a BlueCross BlueShield Assn. employee. It is not yet known whether any identity theft has resulted from the data breach.

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Scam hits more e-mail accounts, MS blocks accounts

October 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The scale of a phishing attack originally thought to be directed at Hotmail may be larger than previously thought. BBC News has seen a list of more than 20,000 more names and passwords that have been posted online.

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Confirmed: Thousands of Hotmail passwords leaked online

October 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

An anonymous user posted details of the accounts on October 1 at pastebin.com, a site commonly used by developers to share code snippets. The details have since been removed but Neowin has seen part of the list posted and can confirm the accounts are genuine and most appear to be based in Europe. The list details over 10,000 accounts starting from A through to B, suggesting there could be addition...

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Royal Bank glitch allowed Visa customers to view others’ transactions

October 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Royal Bank says it has fixed a computer security glitch that allowed some of its West Coast Visa customers to view transactions made by other cardholders.

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Probe Targets Archives’ Handling of Data on 70 Million Vets

October 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration is investigating a potential data breach of tens of million of records about U.S. military veterans, after the agency sent a defective hard drive back to its vendor for repair and recycling without first destroying the data.

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Hackers Breach Payroll Giant, Target Customers

October 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Hackers last week apparently used stolen account information from a New Jersey company that provides online payroll services to target the firm’s customers in a scheme to steal passwords and other information.

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