Archive for September, 2014

“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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Identity Theft: A Tale As Old As Time

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Although identify theft is the hottest crime around today it is nothing new. The first recorded instance of identity theft was in the bible, believe it or not. In chapter 25 of Genesis, Jacob disguises himself in goat skin to trick his father into giving his blessing of his firstborn instead of his brother, Esau’s in order to acquire all his father’s property and livestock.
Fast forward to more modern times, voter registration and ballot stuffing was a huge identity theft concern in the early 1900’s in America. Fake ID’s became the problem after the law repealed prohibition in the 1930’s. Until the mid 1980’s each state was responsible for setting its own legal drinking age. Therefore, teens and college aged kids would use fake ID’s or cross from state to state to enjoy a few brews.
Until 1965 and the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act, illegal immigrants rarely posed a problem since there were policies that actually allowed migrant and seasonal laborers to enter the country legally and the laws prohibiting them from staying in the country were often overlooked since they tended settled in and contributed to the community.
Then, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 required that employees must provide government issued identification, namely a license and social security card, to gain employment. This resulted in an influx of social security fraud.
From here, identity theft has morphed and adapted to aid the criminal’s need. But the bottom line is identity theft is not a new crime. It has just gained popularity as technology has made it easier to commit and becoming a victim is almost inevitable.

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