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File-Sharing Software Potential Threat to Health Privacy – Study

March 03, 2010 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Cross-Posted from: http://www.databreaches.net/?p=10367A research report on file-sharing risks that compares risks for personal financial information to personal health information:

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Update: Stolen BCBS hard drives had data on 2 million insured

November 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

One of Tennessee’s largest holders of personal information confirms that an October theft from a Chattanooga office affects about 2 million of its clients. Blue Cross Blue Shield said 68 computer hard drives that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information were taken from the office.

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Senate Panel Clears Data Breach Bills

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved two companion bills that would require businesses and government agencies to notify individuals of security breaches involving sensitive personally identifiable information. Both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

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CalOptima Reports Potential Loss of Patient Claims Information (updated)

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ORANGE, Calif. (October 23, 2009) – CalOptima has identified the potential loss of past medical claims information for approximately 68,000 of its members that was stored on electronic media devices.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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Highmark changes it procedures in wake of BCBS breach

October 07, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

that their Social Security numbers or tax ID numbers were on the stolen laptop containing their unencrypted data. A BCBS employee had reportedly breached policy by downloading the unencrypted database to a personal computer that was later stolen from the employee’s vehicle.

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850,000 doctors could be hit by potential data breach

October 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A file containing identifying information for every physician in the country contracted with a Blues-affiliated insurance plan was on a laptop computer stolen from a BlueCross BlueShield Assn. employee. It is not yet known whether any identity theft has resulted from the data breach.

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Website exposes sensitive details on military personnel

September 08, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Programming errors on a website that helps commuters carpool to work are exposing sensitive information of workers for hundreds of employers in Southern California, including at least one military installation.

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Email Obfuscation and Spam Robots

September 08, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

I’ve long been interested in spam and robots that scrape for email addresses. I’ve done tons of work in the space, although I’ve never published any of it. Call it more of a side hobby than anything I really want to go public with - as it is with a lot of my research

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Digital Direct reports breach

September 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Chris Cooper of Bloomberg.com reports that Digital Direct, Inc., a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., had a breach of their e-commerce web site that resulted in the compromise of 52,000 customers’ credit card numbers.

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Helping users keep plugins updated

September 04, 2009 from: Mozilla Security Blog

Starting with the upcoming releases of Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14, Mozilla will warn users if their version of the popular Adobe Flash Player plugin is out of date. Old versions of plugins can cause crashes and other stability problems, and can also be a significant security risk.

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Best of Application Security (Friday, Sep. 4)

September 04, 2009 from: Jeremiah Grossman's Blog

Ten of Application Security industry's coolest, most interesting, important, and entertaining links from the past week -- in no particular order. Regularly released until year end. Then the Best of Application Security 2009 will be selected!

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Announcement Regarding The October 2009 Critical Patch Update

September 03, 2009 from: The Oracle Global Product Security Blog

Because many Oracle customers with responsibility for deploying the Critical Patch Update within their respective organizations will be attending Oracle OpenWorld on October 11-15, 2009; the October 2009 Critical Patch Update originally scheduled to be published on Tuesday, October 13th 2009, will be released on October 20th 2009.

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Two to plead guilty to fraud, HIPAA violations

August 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance announced that Isaac Earl Smith, 38, and Annetra Poole-Moore, 37, have agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes involving health care fraud, disclosures prohibited by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and aggravated identify theft.

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Whistleblower lawsuit against Kaiser (updated)

August 10, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

At a time when concerns about the privacy and security of electronic health records are a hot topic and the issue of private vs. public health insurance is making the front pages, a lawsuit filed by a former Kaiser employee alleges that Kaiser knowingly and repeatedly violated HIPAA, exposed millions of members to identity theft, and ripped members off by not keeping track of deductibles and co-pa...

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Carrell Clinic guard indicted

July 31, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

A federal grand jury in Dallas has returned an indictment charging an Arlington, Texas, man, who worked as a contract security guard at the Carrell Clinic on North Central Expressway in Dallas, with felony offenses related to his compromising and damaging the hospital’s computer system, announced Acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Jesse William McGraw, a/k...

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