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May 29, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

In 2013, health care provider Cottage Health System discovered that security on a server was disabled, leaving thousands of patients’ files potentially exposed, including names, addresses, dates of birth and, in a few cases, a diagnosis, lab results and procedures performed. Cottage was sued, along with inSync, a company responsible for securing the records. The health care provider had insurance to cover a data breach, but insurer...

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May 15, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Don’t take a pass: A State Department contractor was indicted in an alleged identity theft scheme using information she stole while working at a passport office. Two other women also were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Since 2010, the defendants are accused of using stolen names, addresses and Social Security numbers from passports to create fake documents and...

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May 12, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Give it to me straight, Doc: Because health care files contain a lot of personal information, the going rate for a medical file is $50 in online criminal marketplaces, compared with $2 for a stolen credit card. Medical records provide enough information to file false insurance claims and tax returns. Small hospitals, physician and dental practices are becoming targets, and stolen medical identities can be used for 10...

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May 6, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Helping the helpers: As 911 services move to an Internet provider-based environment, cybersecurity is more important, said Rear Adm. Ronald Hewitt, of the Office of Emergency Communications at the Department of Homeland Security. More local public safety agencies are rolling out next-generation 911 services, including the ability to text emergency calls and share images with first-responders. With about 80 percent of...

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