Friday, May 22, 2015

Marine Paid to Steal Soldier Data for Fraud Scheme by Jewelry Store

The first of a trio of jewelry store employees has been arraigned for bribing a Marine and unlawfully accessing personal financial information of other service members.

In exchange for money and jewelry the now former Marine reset the PINs on military members' bank accounts. The jewelry store employees could then access the accounts and add fraudulent charges to unsuspecting members. ----

"he offered to pay [the Marine] $25 to reset MyPay account passwords on the accounts of active duty military members who were customers ."
- Court documents
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect insider identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Former Jewelry Store Employee Pleads Guilty in Military ID Theft Case - www.NBCsanDiego.com, 05/20/2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Healthcare Employee Breached Patient & Staff Privacy

A healthcare provider in California is notifying their employees and patients that a now former employee inappropriately accessed records that contained personal identifying information (PII).

According to this healthcare provider "patient and responsible party information that may be affected includes names, addresses, medical information, health insurance information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and financial information. Employee information that may be affected includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, health insurance information, medical information, driver's license numbers, financial information and telephone numbers."

"Employee and patient PII Data Elements were inappropriately accessed."
- Letter sent to possible victims
It is unclear how the breaches were discovered; a forensic investigation is ongoing. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches, rather than learn about it from third parties, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Consolidated Tribal Health Project, Inc. Notifies Employees and Patients of a Data Security Compromise - www.OAG.gov, 05/12/2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Employee Stole IDs from Passport Office for Fraud Scheme

A worker for the Department of State has been accused of stealing passport data to set up fake identities and then use them to secure lines of credit.

A number of accomplices were recruited for the scheme. They would assume the false identities and purchase iPads and other electronics. Prosecutors say this the passport agency employee abused her position of trust.

"An identity theft and wire fraud scheme targeting both the Houston and Atlanta passport agencies went on for five years.."
- Federal Prosecutors
It is unclear why the identity thefts went on for five years or how they were discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics.
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) 3 indicted in Houston, Atlanta passport fraud cases - www.TheMonitor.com, 05/07/2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IRS Agent Charged with ID Thefts for Tax Fraud

An IRS agent has been charged with identity theft and tax refund fraud (SIRF).

He used his position to access taxpayers' personal identifying information (PII) and then used that information to perpetrate a fraudulent tax refund scheme. “Allegations of aggravated identity theft committed by an IRS employee who bears the responsibility for protecting taxpayers from such crimes are particularly reprehensible," according to Melissa Chedotal, Special Agent in Charge for TIGTA’s Atlanta Field Division

"personal identification information contained in these false and fraudulent tax returns [i.e., names, dates of birth, and social security numbers], came into [his] possession by virtue of his employment as an IRS Special Agent.”."
- US Attorney, Southern District Alabama
It is unclear how over what time period the the identity thefts occurred or how they were discovered. 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) Two Birmingham Area Men Charged With Filing False Tax Returns, Theft Of Public Monies, Wire Fraud, And Aggravated Identity Theft - www.Justice.gov, 05/05/2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Police Snooped and Shared Residents' Private Data

Police officers in Australia have been caught snooping or sharing private information of constituents. Complaints of police abusing information increased 54% in 2014 over the 2012 rate and proven cases doubled.

Internal records obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed 229 suspected cases of police abusing private and sensitive information were investigated; one in three were proven to be breaches.

"Internal records obtained under Freedom of Information laws show 229 suspected cases of police abusing private and sensitive information were investigated." - Herald Sun
David Watts, the Law Enforcement Data ­Security Commissioner warned of a growing risk of security breaches attributable to lapses in personnel security, in particular the risk of “insider ­intrusion”, with a need for ongoing checks of personnel, information and communication security. Organizations seeking to detect data privacy breaches proactively, rather than rely on third part complaints, 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) Dishonest police officers caught snooping or sharing Victorians’ private information - www.HeraldSun.com.au, 05/17/2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

California DPH Levied $1.1M in Fines for Health Privacy Breaches

To date for 2015, the California Department of Public Health has levied fines of $1.1 million against healthcare providers and hospitals for data breaches. The breaches were often the result of inappropriate access of patient records by employees.

Examples of the privacy breaches that led to fines included a clerk viewing her husband's chart, an employee accessing 98 patient records without prior authorization, and two employees playing a prank on an employee undergoing surgery.

"The breaches typically were the result of...inappropriat access to records by employees."
- The California Department of Public Health
Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect data privacy breaches by employees, even those with authorized access, 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) DPH Has Levied $1.1M in Fines This Year Over Data Breaches - www.CaliforniaHealthline.org, 05/08/2015

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