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Federal Reserve computers hacked, 400000 credit card numbers stolen

November 22nd, 2010 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft,security breach
Lin Mun Poo, a Malaysian hacker, was arrested last month by the Secret Service at JFK Airport and charged with hacking the Federal Reserve computers in Cleveland in June 2010, as well as with stealing 400,000 credit card numbers.

An official investigation is still on at this moment with the purpose of determining how Poo hacked the well guarded computers at the Federal Reserve and other major financial institutions.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said this case is an example of how “cybercriminals continue to use their sophistication and skill as hackers to attack our financial and national security sectors.” Read more

New concerning clues in the “Stuxnet” case

November 18th, 2010 by Agent Smith (0) Malware Infections
New and concerning discoveries have surfaced in the Stuxnet case. According to Symantec, the worm is apparently designed to sabotage specific types of facilities, like nuclear plants and other key locations. It employs a subtle sabotage technique that is meant to overload physical machinery by briefly speeding them up over a span of weeks.

Discovered this year in June in Iran, Stuxnet has already infected more then 100000 computer systems world wide and is not as it first seemed a sophisticated windows virus designed to steal data. It apparently contains code targeting Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA systems, which are control systems that manage pipelines, nuclear plants and various utility and manufacturing equipment. Despite these discoveries, the specific sabotage function has no yet been discovered. Read more

Stolen documents expose 44,000 patients medical details

November 14th, 2010 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft
Five people involved in an identity theft ring which was stealing patient identities from the Holy Cross Hospital and an Aventura doctor’s office had been recently arrested. The stolen information was being used to set up fraudulent bank accounts.

The hospital is notifying every patient that has been in it’s care between April 2009 and September 2010 as it is impossible to determine exactly which patient has been affected out of the 1500 stationed there. The stolen data consists of names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and brief initial diagnosis descriptions from ER visits, according to the hospital. Read more

Patient Records Lost at Vincent’s Hospital

November 11th, 2010 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,DLP

St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin has announced one if its computer back-ups containing patient records is missing. Notices have been posted around the hospital with inquires of the whereabouts of the drive in question.

According to a hospital spokesman, the Data Protection Office has been notified on October 21 of the data protection breach relating to the loss of this device. The lost data will have no impact on patient care.

‘‘It contained archived copies of the files of a small subset of patients with laryngeal disorders who attended the ear, nose and throat department between 2002 and 2008,” said the spokesman. ‘‘The original patient records are still preserved. The hospital will be contacting all of the laryngeal patients whose details were on the storage device.”

The incident was fully investigated according to the code of practice, and a report would be forwarded to the Data Protection Office.

Measures to prevent the repeat of such incidents involving external data storage devices have been taken.

Insiders, frequent source of corporate fraud incidents

November 5th, 2010 by Agent Smith (1) Data Theft & Loss,endpoint security

Employee perpetrated fraud has lost the average company about 5% of it’s revenue in the year 2009, the stealing of company sources representing up to 90% percent of the incidents. Employees tend to be tempted by privileged access to data and commit fraud. According to a report published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) this type of fraud is the most damaging, causing a loss over $4 million.

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“They have a high level of access, which gives them a greater opportunity to commit fraud,” Ben Knieff, director of product marketing for fraud products at Actimize said.

In order to prevent such fraud there are a few proactive steps a company can take: Read more

Court orders one million pay restitution for Citibank credit card accounts theft

November 1st, 2010 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft
38 years old Lisa Reid was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning for one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,071,871.33. Reid had been working with Mahogani Graves, an employee of Citibank – customer service division, who was stealing credit card account numbers for her.

Graves also changed the home addresses of bank customers to New York addresses in order for Reid to be able to retrieve the goods she had purchased from high end retails stores, using the stolen accounts. Read more