Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cop Snooped in Friend's Police Database Record

A Canadian policewoman snooped through confidential police records and reported its contents to a friend. This unauthorized use of police databases will cost her three days' pay and force her to stay home for 20 days.

Even though her motivation was to help a friend, the 18-year veteran cop, "should have known better" according to hearing officer Acting Deputy Chief Don Sweet. The privacy breach came to light when a third party asked for an investigation.

"conduct would not be deemed acceptable by the public and it is in the public interest that she be held accountable." - Acting Deputy Chief Sweet
Unfortunately, privacy breaches are often only discovered after a third party makes an inquiry. Organizations seeking to proactively detect privacy 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) title - www.OttawaSun.com, 06/26/2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

State Employee Stole Personal Data from State Systems for ID Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

A woman who worked at two Alabama state agencies, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Resources, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing identities and using them for a tax refund fraud scheme.

In both positions, she had access to the personal identifying information (PII) of individuals. Beginning in 2012, she stole PII from the state agencies and provided the information to a co-conspirator to be used to file more than 3,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns claiming more than $7.5 million in tax refunds using the stolen information provided by the state employee.

" In both positions, she had access to the personal identifying information of individuals."
- Department of Justice Documents
It seems the IRS discovered the identity thefts, not the organizations holding the PII. Rather than learn of identity thefts and privacy breaches from third parties, organizations can proactively detect them by utilizing 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) Former Alabama State Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Identities for Tax Refund Fraud Scheme - www.DataBreaches.net, 05/20/2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For 2 Years Hospital Unaware Employee Stole 12,517 Patient IDs

A New York hospital was unaware that an employee had stolen 12,517 patient identities until law enforcement notified them.

On May 15, 2015, the hospital learned the employee had stolen patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, next of kin information, and health insurance details. The theft occurred between January 2013 and June 2013.

"Hospital told by police that employee stole patient data 2 years ago."
- KCEN TV
Unfortunately it is often the case that law enforcement discovers identity theft before the organization holding a peoples' personal identifying information (PII). Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches, rather than learn about them from law enforcement, 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) Montefiore Notifies Patients of Security Incident and Potential Identity Theft - www.KCENtv.com, 06/19/2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Insider Charged with Selling IDs from Police Database

A former New Jersey policeman has been charged with selling personal information (PII) he and a police captain illegally obtained from a database used by law enforcement agencies.

Allegedly the pair illegally obtained the personal data of roughly 900 individuals and then sold each set for $100. The information was allegedly sold as part of one of the men's private investigation business, according to prosecutors. In some cases, the pair's customers later allegedly re-sold the data for as much as $200.

"he and a city police captain sold personal information they illegally obtained from a database used by law enforcement agencies."
- NJ.com
The alleged insider data breaches came to light in December 2014, but it is unclear how it was discovered or how long the data thefts had been going on for. 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) Ex-Newark cop pleads not guilty in alleged data theft scheme - www.NJ.com, 06/24/2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patient IDs Stolen from Hospitals for $3M Tax Fraud Scheme

From 2011, and through November 2013, a Tampa Florida man and his co-conspirators filed false tax returns claiming approximately $3 million in refunds. Many of the victims of this theft ring had their identities stolen from multiple healthcare facilities, including a VA hospital. About 7,000 stolen names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were used to file false tax returns and open pre-paid debit cards.
"From an unknown date in 2011, and continuing through November 2013, [he] and his co-conspirators filed false tax returns claiming approximately $3 million in refunds."
- Department of Justice
It is unclear how he identity thefts were discovered or why they occurred for almost three years. 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) Tampa Man Pleads Guilty During Jury Selection In Stolen Identity Refund Case - www.DOJ.gov, 12/02/2014

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Data Breach Notifications Up 50%

There has been a 50% increase in the number of data-security breach notifications to the Data Protection Officer in Ireland compared to 2013. This is the first annual report released by Helen Dixon, who took over as head of the office from Billy Hawkes, who retired last year.

Controversies investigated include a possible breach at the Water and Department of Education, who collect peoples' Personal Public Service number (PPS).

"A record number of data breach notifications were received."
- Irish Examiner
Organizations seeking to proactively detect data security 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) Data-security breach notifications jumped 50% last year - www.IrishExaminer.com, 06/23/2015

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