Friday, July 17, 2015

Hospital Insider Indicted for 12,000 Patient ID Thefts

An assistant clerk, employed at a New York hospital, along with 7 co-conspirators, was indicted for stealing and selling patients' personal identifying information (PII).

Between 2012 and 2013 this insider allegedly stole names , dates of birth and Social Security numbers of 12,000 patients. She sold the PII for as little as $3 a piece to co-defendants who used the information to make purchases at luxury stores.

"In case after case, we’ve seen how theft by a single company insider, who is often working with identity thieves on the outside, can rapidly victimize a business and thousands of its customers."
- District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
It is unclear why the ID thefts went on for so long and it seems that law enforcement, rather than the organization holding the PII, discovered the them. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft, instead of learn about it from third parties, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) 8 Indicted in Identity Thefts of Patients at Montefiore Medical Center - www.NYTimes, 06/19/2015

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