Archive for the ‘Data Breach’ Category

2017 Data Breach Forecast

Friday, February 24th, 2017

I was just reading an interesting report from Experian, the 2017 Data Breach Forecast. Remember that a data breach can happen to anyone, take the first steps to keeping you and your clients information safe, secure shredding and disposal of your documents and hard discs is a great start, and we’re here to help.

Be sure to read this report and work to keep yourself safe.

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.

Check out the whole story here.

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.

Check out the whole story here.

How to Respond to a Security Breach

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If your company discovers it’s been compromised by a data breach the best line of defense is a good offense. This article has some great information and strategies for getting in front of the situation and controlling the fire. The first and best thing to do is communicate. Your clients want to be informed. As soon as you know, let them know “you’re on it”. Keep information brief and concise. Too much information can cause panic but too little can cause rumors. Issuing an apology may be just what clients need to hear. Let them know you are sorry it is happening and sorry for the inconvenience. It may take years for the dust to completely settle so remember to keep communicating and letting clients know that “you’re on it”.

Check out the whole story here.

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.

Check out the whole story here.

“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.

Check out the full story here.

‘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.

Odds Are One in Three That You Will Be a Data Breach Victim at Some Point.

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

According to a study by National Consumers League (NCL) and Javelin Strategy & Research the odds of becoming a victim of identity fraud has increased to one in three. That is up from 2010’s one in nine odds. Thieves are gathering information by hacking into computers. They are no longer relying on stealing from mail boxes or dumpster diving. Once information is stolen in a data breach it is then sold on the black market. There were over 110 million individuals affected by the Target data breach. Sometimes thieves wait to use the newly acquired information so even if you think your information has not been compromised there is still a possibility it has. If your credit card has been stolen you may not see large, out of state purchases being made. Thieves are becoming clever, using your card to make several small in state purchases as not to raise immediate flags.
Check out the source for more information.

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.

Check out the new report here.