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University of Central Florida – Hack that Exposed Thousands of Students’ & Employees’ PII

While the Healthcare industry may still be huge target for cyber criminals, Educational Institutions (i.e. colleges, universities, etc) aren’t far behind on the Hacker Hit List. The data that both industries keep on their constituents is a treasure trove to hackers that they can easily monetize on the Dark Web. Without the proper cyber security […]

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October Data Breach Monthly: We Keep Tabs On Companies That Have Been Hacked (So You Don’t Have To)

According to data from the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 577 data breaches so far in 2015, resulting in the unlawful exposure of 155,825,425 personal identities. Let’s run through some of the recent violations that you may not have heard about in the news. Companies Breached and Individuals Harmed Company | State | […]

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Maricopa Community College Data Breach Update: Lawsuits

The huge Maricopa Community College Data Breach just got a bit messier… here come the lawsuits.  A little background on the breach can be found here. DataBreaches.net reports: Arizona law firm files notice of claim over Maricopa County Community College District breach; class-action lawsuit to follow? The notice of claim for the first client was […]

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Maricopa Community College’s 2.5 Million Person Data Breach: Chaos Ensues

In one of the largest College/Education data breaches, Maricopa Community college is notifying almost 2.5 million current and former students, vendors, employees, and apparently people who never attended.  Information breached includes Social Security numbers and bank account information.  The Office of Inadequate Security (www.databreaches.net) has a great write up about the breach here.  But the […]

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Colleges and Universities Are Putting Private Financial Data at Risk

A new study, released by cyber security firm HALOCK Security Labs, has some interesting, but not surprising, stats behind data security at Colleges and Universities. HALOCK found that over 50% of the colleges and universities investigated allow for the transmission of sensitive information over unencrypted (and therefore unprotected) email as an option without directly promoting […]

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Champlain College Hit By Flash Drive Data Breach

A flash drive containing sensitive information of Champlain College students was found in a computer lab on campus exposing over 14,000.  The breached information, including social security numbers, belonged to students who applied for admission as far back as 2010.  The flash drive was inadvertently left in a computer lab on campus and it is […]

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University of Florida Notifies Patients after Healthcare Data Breach

University of Florida notified over 5,500 patients (and parents of) after an employee working at the medical center may have compromised PHI and PII.  The employee was discovered to have ties with an ID theft ring.  The healthcare breach happened at the UF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and involved minors, hence the parents being notified.  […]

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Idaho State University Hit With $400k HIPAA Fine

HHS hit Idaho State University with a $400,000 fine this week over HIPAA security violations.  The fine comes because of a healthcare data breach involving 17,500 patients where a firewall was disabled for 10 months.  Overall HHS listed a incomplete/inadequate risk assessment/analysis as one of the major factors in their decision. “Idaho State University (ISU) […]

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College Data Breach Infographic – 8 Years of Data Breaches

What does 8 years of university data breaches look like? I’ve run across this great inforgraphic of data breaches in higher education created by open-site.org. Courtesy of Open-Site.org, used under Creative Commons License:

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Community College Data Breach Leaks 125,000 SSN’s

Kirkwood Community College’s Website was hacked on March 13th, exposing 125,000 social security numbers of people who applied during an 8 year period. I can imagine notification on this population would be a nightmare, a large, highly mobile population. The college, which announced the unlawful incident on Monday, said archived application information from February 2005 […]

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