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Six fired after California hospital privacy breach

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Five workers and a student researcher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood have been fired for viewing the private medical records of 14 patients, including those of celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian. All patients were notified of the privacy breach, which occurred between June 18th and June 24th. Kardashian gave… Read more »

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FDA calls for more secure medical devices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for medical device makers to protect their products from cyber attacks, Scientific American has reported. Because computer viruses, which are growing evermore common, do not differentiate between laptop computers or hospital machinery, there is growing concern that malware could affect everything from… Read more »

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1,350 medical records mistakenly published on hospital website

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Over 1,300 Sonoma Valley Hospital patients have been told that some of their private medical information was mistakenly posted on the hospital’s website. The file contained the name, surgeon, date of procedure, hospital charges and insurance company name of patients who had surgery at the California hospital between July 1st,… Read more »

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1,400 medical records go missing in Miami

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Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, has offered more than 1,400 patients free credit protection services after their medical records went missing in January. The documents were either on their way to be scanned electronically or returning from that process when they disappeared. The Hospital’s Chief Executive Carlos Migoya said… Read more »

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Britain is losing the war on cyber crime according to head of City of London Police

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Online fraud is rising “exponentially,” with the largest number of attacks originating from Eastern Europe and Russia. That’s according to Adrian Leppard, head of City of London Police, who admitted that the police were struggling to keep up with increasingly sophisticated internet criminals. Advisen reports that half of all fraud… Read more »

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Small bakery suffers data breach

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A small New England cafe chain believes hackers may have breached its payment system. The Works Bakery Cafe is in the process of telling customers that their data may be at risk after it discovered its point-of-sale computers had been infected. Advisen reports that the hack is part of a… Read more »

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New York Times claims infiltration by Chinese hackers

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The New York Times says that it has repeatedly come under the attack of Chinese hackers over the last four months, reports the BBC. The newspaper says that the attacks coincided with a report it ran which claimed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had amassed a multi-billion dollar fortune. Jiabao was… Read more »

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Cyber Command staff to increase by 500%

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The Pentagon has recently announced that it will dramatically increase its cyber-security staff to combat the rapid influx in cyber attacks against government agencies and critical infrastructure. Cyber Command, which started just 3 years ago, now has 900 military and civilian staff members. That number will increase fivefold, up to… Read more »

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583,000 Canadian student records go missing

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An external hard drive containing the names, Social Insurance Numbers, birthdays and addresses of nearly 600,000 clients of the Canada Student Loans Program has disappeared. Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the privacy breach on January 11th. The Sheaf reports that the drive contains information on students who… Read more »

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Religious hackers attack French Euromillions website

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The French Euromillions website, operated by Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), recently fell victim to religious hackers after its homepage was replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling. The verses call games of chance “works of the devil” that are intended to turn people away from God. The message… Read more »

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