Data Breaches More Prevalent Than Ever: SLU, CaroMont, Adobe and more

Data breaches are regular news these days. Threats like hacking, phishing, insecure emails and physical theft can all lead to data loss and cause irrevocable damage to those involved. It’s vital that networks are secured against threats like these, and there are several ways to do it. Unfortunately, some organizations haven’t protected themselves enough. Here’s our roundup of recently reported data breaches.


14 October 2013

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Data breaches are regular news these days. Threats like hacking, phishing, insecure emails and physical theft can all lead to data loss and cause irrevocable damage to those involved. It’s vital that networks are secured against threats like these, and there are several ways to do it.

Unfortunately, some organizations haven’t protected themselves enough. Here’s our roundup of recently reported data breaches.

 

Insecure email leaves 1,310 CaroMont Health patients’ data at risk
During a routine security audit, North Carolina CaroMont Health discovered that a member of its staff sent an unsecure email containing 1,310 patients’ health information. As SC Magazine reported, the email included extremely sensitive data – such as diagnoses, medications, medical record numbers and insurance information. By not securing the email before sending, the staff member went against hospital and federal privacy regulations. As a result, CaroMont will be reeducating their staff on privacy policies.

SLU phishing scam gives attacker access to information on 3,000 people
As a result of a phishing scam email distributed to Saint Louis University (SLU) staff, an attacker gained unauthorized access to health information of about 3,000 people when a few SLU employees mistakenly replied to the email with their account information. According to HealthITSecurity, SLU recently notified those affected about the security breach and is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

Theft of Hope Family Health unencrypted laptop leaves 8,000 compromised
A Hope Family Health employee’s unencrypted laptop containing around 8,000 patients’ personal information was stolen. The information compromised included names, social security numbers and dates of birth. As HealthITSecurity reported, Hope Family Health has starting contacting patients who have visited the organization between the years of 2005 and 2013, advising them to monitor their credit and identity. Since the theft, Hope Family Health has increased their security by transferring sensitive information to an encrypted server.

City of Wichita website hack compromises 29,000 vendors and employees
The information of around 29,000 vendors and employees of the City of Wichita may have had social security numbers, ID numbers and bank information compromised when the website was hacked by a cybercrime group. The investigation is ongoing and the City is working to resolve security concerns.

2.9 Million Customers Affected in Adobe Data Breach
Adobe Systems, Inc. was a victim of very “sophisticated attacks” on its computer network, leaving 2.9 million Adobe customers compromised and some source code for products stolen. Adobe has notified customers and the federal law enforcement and will providing customers who were affected with free credit monitoring services.

All of these organizations, as well as all companies around the world, would benefit from thinking through network and information security and how to prevent these types of data theft in the future.



Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.