Monday, April 6, 2015

Rouge Fireman Stole Ambulance Patient IDs

A Pennsylvania fire department has warned that a rogue employee stole the personal information (PII) of patients who used ambulance services during an eight month period in 2012. But the breach only came to light in February 2015.

The fireman sold the stolen PII to a theft ring. About 750 patients may have had a breach of their information — including Social Security numbers, birth dates, and the names of primary health insurance carriers.

"The fire department says a rogue employee sold patient information to a theft ring in 2012."
- CBS News, Philadelphia
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Sources:
(a) Phila. Fire Department Warns of Data Breach Affecting EMS Transport Patients - www.Philadelphia.CBSlocalNews.com, 04/03/2015

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