Posts Tagged ‘data breach’

Scary number of identity thefts at BSU

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Employees of Ball State University have been realizing they have something in common and it isn’t a good thing. As several BSU employees have been filing their tax returns they have been alerted that a tax return has already been filed under their Social Security number. One professor learned that her’s, her husband and her children’s Social Security numbers have been stole. It is no coincidence that weeks prior there was a data breach of Anthem health insurance where hackers stole names, birth dates, Social Security numbers in addition to other personal information. At least 17 victims have been confirmed at BSU alone.

There is a twist though, all of the identity theft victims have received unsolicited refunds in the form of a pre-paid debit card between $7,000 and $9,000 from RushCard, T-Mobile and Green Dot.

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Target is taking a no harm no foul defense in its data breach case

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Target customers may not be receiving anything for the aggravation resulting from epic data breach. Other court decisions have found that the mere risk of identity theft is not enough to award customers and client with damages. A ruling in favor of Target would also benefit such dependents as Home Depot.

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Almost 80 million affected by JP Morgan Chase data breach

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Approximately 76 million households and about 7 million businesses have been affected by the JP Morgan Chase data breach. It’s predicted that the breach could put financial systems at risk for months to come. Client’s personal information such as names, phone numbers and email address are all assumed to be compromised. Although there is no hard evidence that passwords have been compromised information will most likely be sold on the black market. So, it’s probably a good idea to change your passwords.

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“My Medical Records Were Found Lying in the Park”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Imagine you’re walking through a parking lot and came across a pile of papers scattered on the ground. You take a look and notice they are medical records. You look closer and they are YOUR medical records, just hanging between a Buick and a Prius. How did they get there? Doesn’t your hospital shred their records? Check out this story out of Ireland. Here’s to hoping American hospitals are a bit more compliant.

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Dairy Queen’s silence on data breach could have ‘corrosive effect’ on consumer perception

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

It has been over a week since Dairy Queen experienced a data breach. There has still not been any updated information or notification to customers that their credit cards may have been compromised. Most companies take a proactive approach when experiencing a data breach. Many of the Dairy Queen stores are franchised and this may be the reason for the delay in notification.

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‘Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

It seems like every day there are news stories unveiling data breaches. Cyber crime is on the rise and anyone using the internet is at risk. Conducting business and everyday tasks are made simpler by options such as buying, banking, and billing online but of course there is a risk. New recommendations are made continually to help protect consumers from personal information being compromised.
Check out this article: Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert
Best advice from the article is to refresh your password often and don’t rely on the same password for multiple sites especially for bill paying sites such as bank or credit cards.

Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Your Shredding.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When shredded paper ends up in the trash, it’s like you are telling thieves what to take. Identity theft and data breaches still top the charts when it comes to leading crimes. So while you are taking steps towards protecting yourself and your company from such theft, make sure you are doing all you can to avoid a possible disasters.

Most office shredders simply shred paper into strips making it easy to reconstruct the original document and since most office shredders only have a small holding capacity you will be disposing the shredded paper in small batches, also facilitating the reconstruction of private documents.

When shredding companies shred paper, the documents are destroyed in large industrial shredders that cross cut or pulverize the paper making it near impossible to reconstruct. The paper is then comingled meaning it is mixed with thousands of other pounds of paper making it even more impossible to reconstruct documents. Since Highland Shredding bales and recycles all shredded paper it then goes directly to recycling plants and never to trash or landfills yet another step in the protection of your documents.

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Who Is the Biggest Risk To Your Company’s Security?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

When protecting against a data breach, ever wonder who the biggest risk to your company’s security may be? Well, according to an information security risk survey, believe it or not, it’s Senior Management. When asked, many admitted that they email or upload secure documents to servers or clouds and some even take information with them when they leave companies. Many have even admitted to sending the wrong information along to personal emails.
So what does this mean for companies? If your information ends up in the wrong hands, depending on the sensitivity of the information, results could be catastrophic. On the bright side, employees that reported to not sending sensitive information electronically said they did not because it was against company policy. Annual review of company policy is always good practice.

Medical Records Found in Dumpster by Florida Pharmacy

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

More medical records were dumped by a pharmacy in a dumpster in Florida. The patient’s records contained names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers and medications. According to Florida Board of Health, medical records are not allowed to be disposed of in this way. It is suggested that records containing patient information be shredded or burned. This incident is being examined by the Florida Department of Health.

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Medical Records Found Blowing In the Wind Outside Hospital

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Medical records were found blowing in the wind outside a Kansas City hospital. The files contained the names, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers of former patients of the hospital. A witness described maintenance workers dumping materials into a dumpster which then began to blow around. The workers proceeded to walk away without regard for the documents.

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