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Breach: University of Chicago

The university of Chicago was under a massive cyber attack where unknown hackers breached the computer networks stealing personal details of staff and students.

The duration and exact date of breach has not been disclosed, but a letter from officials shows they learned about the breach on January 22, 2015.

Here’s a sample of the letter:  http://ago.vermont.gov/assets/files/Consumer/Security_Breach/University%20of%20Chicago%20Security%20Breach%20Notice%20to%20Consumer.pdf

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Breach: Sacred Heart Health System

The billing information of 14,000 Sacred Heart Health System patients was compromised recently when an employee email account of the healthcare provider’s third-party billing vendor was hacked.

Source:  http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2015/03/16/sacred-heart-health-system-billing-information-hacked/24859975/

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Breach: Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross has suffered a data breach that resulted in a potential compromise of personal, financial and health-related information of as many as 11 million applicants and members.

Source:  http://premeraupdate.com/

 

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University donates CDs with HIPAA info

According to the Associated Press, Virginia Commonwealth University donated CDs containing patients’ addresses, dates of birth, clinical information, Social Security numbers and other personal information.

Here’s the story:  http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/V/VA_HOSPITAL_BREACH_VAOL-?SITE=VADAR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

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Transcription Service Exposes HIPAA Data

A transcription service posted the records of about 15,000 patients of a hospital, online, without password protection.

Here’s the story:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/04/29/boston-medical-center-fires-vendor-after-data-breach/jboHN1Aq1x2JAE5amyEHiO/story.html

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Microsoft – Worse than the NSA?

Microsoft says if your email is on their servers, it is theirs to read. While the absence of logic is humorous, the privacy implications are not.  Here’s where you can read about it:  http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Says-It-Can-Read-Your-Emails-without-a-Court-Order-433393.shtml

 

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