Friday, March 27, 2015

Govt Employee Stole IDs for Bank Fraud

A Texas man has been sentenced to sixteen years in federal prison for leading an identity theft ring.

He obtained stolen identities in several ways, including recruiting a Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) employee to steal over 1000 identities from her Fannie Mae workstation. He then used the IDs to withdraw money from bank accounts.

"[He] recruited a Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) employee to steal more than 1000 identities from her Fannie Mae workstation."
- DataBreaches.net
It seems the ID thefts were discovered by law enforcement, not the organizations holding the person identifying information (PII). 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.
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Sources:
(a) TX: ID Theft Conspiracy Leader Sentenced To 16 Years In Federal Prison And Ordered To Pay $88,131 In Restitution - www.DataBreaches.net,03/19/2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

IRS Paid $5.8B in Refunds as Result of ID Thefts

In 2013 alone, the IRS reports paying out about $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds due to identity thefts.

When personal identifying information (PII) is stolen it can be used to open bank accounts, report wages, as well as obtain credit cards, or claim things like the earned income tax credit or other tax benefits.

"[Stolen] Social Security numbers are used to open bank accounts, report wages, as well as obtain credit cards or even collect fraudulent tax refunds." - The Standard Daily
In many cases victims IDs are stolen by employees or other insiders at an organization and the thefts are not discovered until law enforcement is involved. However, rather than learn of the thefts from third parties, organizations can proactively detecting such identity theft with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Social security: IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds due to identity thefts - www.TheStandardDaily.com, 03/15/2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hospital Employees Stole 9,000 Patient IDs

Two employees of a Florida hospital have been terminated for stealing the identities of 9,000 patients. The thefts took place from January 2012 through May 2014.

The employees stole information such as patient's name, address, Social Security number, phone number, health insurance information and physician names and diagnosis.

"[The ID thefts took place] from January 2012 to May 2014."
- Orlando Sentinel
It is unclear why the IDs thefts went on for over two years. The ID thefts were discovered by law enforcement. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches 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) Florida Hospital: 2 employees copied records of 9,000 patients - www.OrlandoSentinel.com, 03/20/2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

120M Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

Since 2009, there have been more than 1,100 health data breaches that have affected more than 120 million people, according to a review of the HHS data by the Washington Post.

Rachel Seeger, an HHS Office for Civil Rights spokesperson, said, "Health care organizations need to make data security central to how they manage their information systems and to be vigilant in assessing and addressing the risks to data on a regular basis."

"Industry experts expect the number of health data breaches to increase in 2015."
- iHealthBeat.org
The risk of health data breaches by insiders can be addressed with proactive detection using 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) 120M Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009, More Expected - www.iHealthBeat.org, 03/23/2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hospital Worker Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud

A hospital worker in Alabama has pleaded guilty to stealing patient identities with the intent of using them to file for fraudulent tax refunds.

The case ignited a multi agency federal investigation. The hospital from which the IDs were stolen stated the U.S. Postal Service and Internal Revenue Service conducted a probe.

"This is likely only the tip of the iceberg. There’s no telling how many people are affected by this."
- Attorney, Adam Jones
As is too often the case, the hospital was unaware of the identity thefts until they were notified by law enforcement. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches 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) Flowers Hospital Identity Thief Enters Guilty Plea - www.WTVY.com, 03/11/2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nurse Accused of Stealing Colleagues' IDs

A Texas nurse has been accused of stealing the identities from dozens of fellow hospital workers and possibly of patients.

She has been arrested for credit card abuse for allegedly stealing personal information (PII) and using it to open credit cards in other people's names. As a nurse who worked in hospitals as well as in home healthcare she had access not only to employee information but patient information as well.

"She's a nurse and she has access to not only employee information but patient information, as well."
- Lakeview police
Unfortunately, as is too often the case, a victim discovered the identity thefts. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) A nurse from the Houston area is in jail after being accused of stealing the identities of dozens of people - www.Click2Houston.com, 03/09/2015

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