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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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Limo Service Data Breach Exposes 850,000 Accounts

PR Newswire, Adobe, and a Limo software company?  Strange bedfellows but all part of the same massive data breach uncovered by security researcher’s Brian Krebs and Alex Holden.  The most recent company, a “the leading provider of on-demand software management solutions for the limousine and ground transportation industry” had over 850,000 accounts compromised that included […]

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Experian sells sensitive info to ID Theft ring, 500,000k records exposed

Experian is at the center of another data breach involving its own records – this time it sold customer data to an ID theft ring based in Vietnam.  Brian Kerbs has been investigating an underground ID Theft service called Superget.info, “a fraudster-friendly site that marketed the ability to look up full Social Security numbers, birthdays, […]

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South Carolina Data Breach Victims Experience A Fast One

Experian, the company hired to respond and mitigate the huge South Carolina Department of Revenue data breach, has been misleading the people of South Carolina, possibly causing confusion and unnecessary costs.  Experian was awarded a 1 year 12 million dollar no bid contract by the State to respond to the massive data breach and offer […]

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How to Respond to a Data Breach in the Cloud

A data breach at your cloud storage provider is a serious breach response challenge.  As more and more organizations more data to the decentralized places like cloud storage, the implications on data breach response are enormous.  One of the first pieces of data breach response, digital forensics investigation, becomes a huge technical issue.  Seth Berman, […]

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SSN Data Breach hits University of Virgina

A data breach at the University of Virgina was recently caused by a mailing mistake, exposing the social security numbers of 18,700 students – the university lists 21,000 students total.  The mailing mistake came when Aetna Student Health, which provides health insurance to the school and students, sent out brochure with students SSN printed on […]

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Devleoping a data breach informational website that helps people become more self-sufficient

This “Data Breach Response – How To” article is part of our larger series by Heather Noonan. Informational website? What is that? Well, if you don’t mind, I’m going to recommend it.  It’s a definite must have for any data breach response. You will find that most people today turn to the internet to find […]

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The Evolution of Data Breach: A Decade Later

2003 saw the first big data breach and the introduction of the term into the psyche of the American corporate world.  Since then, ten years now, data breach has become mainstream to the American public.  How did that happen? How has it changed? and what can we expect in the future.  A very lengthy infographic […]

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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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Lost X-ray film leads to 17k patient HIPAA Breach

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… all good things, except when they are patient medical files.  This has to be one of the more “interesting” HIPAA breaches I’ve seen in the last few years.  A clinic in Raleigh handed over old X-ray films to a 3rd party vendor in order to get the film converted into a digital […]

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