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Financial Advisor at Ameriprise exposes millions in assets via NAS

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare), Information Security

Do you use a financial advisor? I do, and I recommend mine to others without reservation. Part of that recommendation comes from the manner in which the account data is secured, which provides me more than a modicum of assurance that the folks managing my money are not asleep at the switch when it comes to protecting my identity (and …

Ransomware: Attack and Resolution

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare), Information Security

Companies continue to fall victim to ransomware* on a regular basis. According to an IBM X-Force® Research report, “Ransomware: How consumers and businesses value their data” 70 percent of companies who have fallen victim to ransomware, have paid the ransom. The FBI tells us the typical ransom is in the range of $200 to $10,000 paid, with some notable cases of ransome …

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Madison Square Garden customer payment cards harvested

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare)

On 22 November, Madison Square Garden Company (The Garden) began notifying their customers that a breach of the point of sale (POS) system had occurred, and may have affected those customers who purchased goods at merchandise and food concessions at The Garden’s various properties, during the period 09 November 2015 – 24 October 2016, you may be affected. Properties affected Madison …

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MSU data breach: Database with 400,000 records accessed

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare), Information Security

Michigan State University (MSU) has confirmed that on Nov. 13 an unauthorized party gained access to an MSU server containing certain sensitive data which included the personal identifying information of 400,000 individuals. The MSU data breach, characterized by the MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon as a,”criminal act in which unauthorized users gained access to our computer and data systems”. …

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Data Breaches again at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ)

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare), Health Care

It seems health insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) can’t catch a break. During the course of 2015 (1100) and 2016 (170,000), they have had two more incidents which compromised or placed at risk the protected health information or the personal identifying information of their insured. In December 2013, we commented on how Horizon had suffered …

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Data breach – Are you prepared? Most are not.

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare)

According to the new survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Experian, companies are complacent and lack confidence when it comes to data breach preparedness. A result which I found to be most astounding given the fact that every day we read of yet another company, institute, organization or governmental entity experiencing a data breach.  The study, “Is Your …

Data Breach – Horizon Blue Cross – two data breaches in five years

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare), Health Care

Looking for information about the 2016 mis-mailing of EOB’s to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) members?  Read-> Data Breaches Again at Horizon BCBSNJ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey – Two data breaches in five years. [Updated 18 December 2013*] Earlier this week 839,711 members of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New …

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Community Colleges and Data Security

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare)

One normally does not think of a community college or junior college to be a place where data breaches would be of concern. That is of course until it happens, and then the realization hits at just how closely these institutions are intertwined with their communities. A data breach reaches deep within the communities from which they draw their students, …

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Data breaches in healthcare – The UW data breach

Christopher Burgess Blog, Data Breach (Financial, Education, Business, Government, Healthcare)

Data breach at the University of Washington – October 2013 In early October 2013 a University of Washington Medicine (UW Medicine) employee opened an email attachment and in doing so launched a piece of malicious software (aka *malware*). The employee’s computer was taken over by the malware and with that action approximately 90,000 patients had their data accessed by criminal …