Servers at Virginia Commonwealth University were recently hacked, potentially exposing Social Security numbers for more than 176,000 faculty, staff, students and affiliates at the university and the VCU Health System.
Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into a new practice in which credit agencies keep estimates of individuals' personal information such as medication use and personal income from consumers.
Just four months after agreeing to pay an $865,000 penalty for a series of HIPAA violations, UCLA Health System has revealed a breach incident involving the theft of an external hard drive from a former employee's home.
A health and financial information breach that may have affected as many as 10,000 patients at a Kansas hospital illustrates yet again that the actions of a business associate's subcontractor can have a major potential impact on patient privacy.
One reason why so many healthcare organizations are not well-prepared to counter security threats is that "key leadership has not bought into the whole process," says Bob Krenek of ExperianÂ® Data Breach Resolution.
Penetration tests that demonstrate how an unauthorized user could gain access to patient information can be effective in winning support for a bigger information security budget, says David Kennedy of Diebold, Incorporated.
TRICARE, the military health program, has directed its business associate, Science Applications International Corp., to offer one year's worth of free credit monitoring and restoration services to the 4.9 million affected by a recent breach.
Researchers at security vendor Symantec say they've been in contact with a 20-something Chinese man who may be behind a series of attacks against U.S. businesses with the aim to steal intellectual property.
ID theft expert Joanna Crane wonders whether banks, government agencies and healthcare providers do enough to assist consumers with ID theft recovery, saying consumer expectations are often loftier than what's being done to meet the demand.
The total number of Americans affected by major health information breaches since the HIPAA breach notification rule took effect could grow by more than 50 percent once two major recent incidents are added to the official federal tally.