Horizon BCBSNJ HIPAA Charge Over Two Laptops Settled For $1.1 Million.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has settled a data breach that affected approximately 690,000 New Jersey residents. This data breach was noted on this blog not too long ago: In January, the Third Circuit Appellate Court declared that a lawsuit against the insurer could proceed because the “improper disclosure” of […] read more

UK Encryption: Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Fined £150,000 For Stolen Hard Drive.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined an insurance company, Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA), a total of £150,000 for the theft of an external storage device with information on nearly 60,000 clients (and credit card details for 20,000 people).   Stolen From a Locked Room Unlike your run-of-the-mill hard drive theft cases, there […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Chesapeake Public Schools Laptop Theft Affects Over 10,000 Employees.

According to a couple of sources, Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia is notifying employees about a potential data breach. Per their announcement, nearly 11,000 people could be affected by the theft of a laptop computer. It appears that laptop encryption software was not used to protect the contents. Password protection, however, was used. Assuming that […] read more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violation for $650,000 and Corrective Action.

In 2003, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMass Amherst) was embroiled in a health data security breach. A workstation computer was infected with malware, leading to a HIPAA violation involving patient data for 1,670 people. Skip to three years later, and UMass Amherst has settled legal actions related to the breach, brought by the […] read more

Data Breach Reparations: Still Evolving, Consumers Begin To See Glimmers.

According to idtheftcenter.org, the US has seen over 858 data breaches that involved over 29 million records in 2016 (to be more specific, up until November 8). The list of breaches does not include those that go unreported, for obvious reasons, as well as those that weren’t vetted by credible sources like state Attorney General […] read more

Habitat For Humanity Data Breach Affects 5000+ People.

Habitat for Humanity, the charity that builds affordable housing across the globe for the underprivileged, was found to be leaking sensitive information online, according to dailydot.com. Over 400 gigabytes of information – including detailed information on approximately 4,600 people – was left unsecured in the cloud. (More specifically, it was Habitat for Humanity Michigan.) The […] read more

Cloud Services: Will It Be There When You Need It?.

How much should you (or can you) trust the cloud to be there when you need it? Last week, the top US internet sites went dark, on and off, for a couple of hours or so due to a historically unprecedented denial of service attack (DDoS). Over the past week, we’ve learnt that the assault […] read more

California Accountants Hacked To File Fraudulent Tax Returns.

Time has shown that all types of businesses are targets for hacking. The big ones, because they have money. The small and medium-sized businesses, because they have money, although less of it than big enterprises. Stories of phishing or hacking into computers that host electronic banking activities have popped up in the news frequently. Here’s […] read more

Another Site Leaks Plaintext Passwords, Runs Afoul of COPPA.

The site arstechnica.com is reporting that i-Dressup not only experienced a data breach – over 2.2 million affected – but has been slow as molasses in responding to Ars’s emails that they have been hacked or, more importantly, fixing the vulnerability that lead to the security failure. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, merely exasperated, that […] read more

Yet Another US Court Says FBI Hacking Is Unauthorized Search, Won’t Suppress Evidence.

Earlier in the year, the FBI revealed that they had taken over a site in the dark web and reeled in hundreds of suspects in a sting operation. Due to the nature of the site (a shadowy community where its content very heavily leaned towards, but not exclusively to, child porn) many people online voiced […] read more