Friday, September 4, 2015

IRS Worker Sentenced for ID Thefts, Tax Fraud

An IRS worker stole taxpayer identities to submit fraudulent tax returns and then pocketed the refunds.

The identity thefts took place over a two year period during which he received $120,000. The court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

"[He] filed more than 50 fraudulent tax returns from 2013 to 2015."
- CPA Practice Advisor
It is unclear why the ID thefts went on for two years or how the identity thefts were discovered. Unfortunately, it is often the case that third parties, rather than the organization holding the identity information, detects the data theft. Organizations seeking to detect ID thefts and data privacy breaches can utilize SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) IRS Workers Busted for ID Theft, Filing Bogus Returns - www.CPAadvisor.com, 09/01/2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

College Employee Stole Student IDs for Tax Fraud

A college student stole fellow student IDs while working as a student service assistant at a Florida college and used them to file fraudulent tax returns. Allegedly the thefts of personal identifying information (PII) took place from February 2013 to June 2014.

The now former student has been sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay $19,083 in restitution.

"The [identity thefts] allegedly happened from February 2013 to June 2014.."
- Court documents
It seems that law enforcement, rather than the organization holding the PII, discovered the identity thefts. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft, rather than learn about it from third parties, can utilize SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) SOURCE_TITLE - SOURCE_NAME_AND_DATE

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hospital Insider Stole Patient IDs

A Mississippi hospital was notified by law enforcement that an employee was under investigation for the theft of over 800 patients' identities. It appears the hospital employee stole patient identities from February 2013 through June 2015.

Information stolen included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health plan numbers and clinical information and, “in some cases, it may have also included information regarding any other person responsible for payment of care,” according to the hospital press release.

"It appears the hospital employee stole patient identities from February 2013 through June 2015."
Unfortunately the identity thefts were discovered by law enforcement, rather than the organization holding the identity information. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches, instead of from third parties, can utilize SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) SOURCE_TITLE - SOURCE_NAME_AND_DATE

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hospital Worker Stole Patients' Personal Information

An account representative at a Long Island New York hospital has been arrested for stealing patients' personal identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card information.

It seems the Nassau county police discovered the identity thefts, not the organization that was holding the patients' PII. Unfortunately this is often the case with identities stolen from healthcare organizations.

"she stole Social Security numbers and credit card information while she worked out of a [hospital] office." - Newsday
Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches, rather than learn about them from third parties, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Winthrop-University Hospital worker charged with stealing patients' personal information, cops say - www.Newsday.com, 08/21/2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Court: FTC Has Authority to Regulate Data Security

A U.S. appeals court ruled the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit against a hotel operator for failing to properly safeguard consumers' information.

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, in a 3-0 decision, upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to hold the hotel operator accountable for breaches customers' personal identifying information (PII) that led to over $10.6 million in fraudulent charges.

"It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information."
- FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez
If the FTC can take action against companies in any industry that don't adequately protect the customer PII in their possession, then companies need to be proactive in protecting such data. For proactive detection of PII theft by insiders, or hackers posing as insiders, organizations can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) FTC has power to police cyber security: appeals court - www.Reuters.com, 08/24/2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Data Breaches at Record Highs - Up 2.2% Over 2014

As of August 18, 2015, US data breaches have reached record highs. Five-hundred and five breaches is a 2.2% increase over 2014's record number of 494 for the same time period, according to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

The business and healthcare industries top the list at 39.4 and 34.9, respectively. The ITRC compiles the breach list after confirming with various media sources as well as notifications from government agencies.

"The business and healthcare industries top the list at 39.4 and 34.9, respectively."
Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches by insiders, or a hacker posing as an insider, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Identity Theft Breach Report 2015 - www.idtheftcenter.org, 08/18/2015

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