Don’t Fire IT | TechSNAP 193

Don’t Fire IT | TechSNAP 193

More and more data breaches are leading to blackmail but the stats don’t tell the whole story. We’ll explain.

Plus the latest in the Sony hack, and the wider reaction. Plus a great batch of emails & much, much more!

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Illinois Hospital being blackmailed with stolen Patient Data

  • “An Illinois hospital says someone attempted to blackmail it to stop the release of data about some of its patients.”
  • The hospital chain received an anonymous email asking for a substantial amount of money in order to prevent the release of patient data. A sample of the data was included in the email as proof
  • “The hospital says it immediately notified law enforcement agencies.”
  • “An investigation discovered the data relates to patients who visited Clay County Hospital clinics on or before February 2012. A hospital representative declined to disclose how many people are involved but said the data is limited to their names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. No medical information was compromised in the breach”
  • “The hospital believes the data has not been released so far. It didn’t disclose how the data was obtained but said an audit by an outside expert concluded the hospital hadn’t been hacked.”
  • The age of the data suggests that the compromise may have involved backups and/or cold storage
  • It is not clear of the Hospital stores the older data themselves, or if they rely on a 3rd party provider that may have been compromised
  • “A recent report by the Identity Theft Report Center found that by early December there had been 304 breaches so far this year in the U.S. healthcare sector. That’s 42 percent of the 720 breaches reported across the country. But, in part because of the massive breaches at major retailers, the entire healthcare sector only accounted for 9.7 percent of all records compromised in reported breaches so far in 2014.”

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