Thursday, July 3, 2014

Identity Theft, Tax Fraud at State Public Health Department

More than 500 clients of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) had their identities stolen and used for tax refund fraud. The ADPH learned of the ID thefts from the US Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice.

Information stolen from the ADPH electronic health records (EHR) database may have included clients' names, dates of birth and social security numbers.

"We believe now that it is possible they may have been former employees, but we are still participating in the investigation."
- Alabama Department of Public Health Privacy Officer Samarria Dunson
As is all too often the case in identity theft, law enforcement, rather than the data source organization, was the first to know about the breach. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Hundreds affected by ADPH data breach - www.WAFF.com, 06/26/2014

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