By Gerri Elder
Baptist Health in Arkansas warned approximately 1,800 patients about a possible data breach that could have exposed the hospital system's records. The hospital began notifying patients after a Baptist Health employee was arrested on 25 counts of financial fraud at a Wal-Mart store. The Democrat-Gazette reported that Tamara Hill worked in the Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock in the emergency department and was fired in early June after the hospital was notified of her arrest. Hill allegedly used patients' personal information to obtain temporary Wal-Mart account authorization numbers which were used to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards.
In Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administrations has announced that a security breach in the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry may have exposed the personal data of thousands of donors, including their Social Security numbers. The agency says that it has corrected the flaw that may have allowed unauthorized users to view the information of approximately 55,000 donors, according to a report by the Associated Press. The Organ and Tissue Donor Registry database includes the names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers of thousands of donors, who are being notified of the possible data breach by mail.
In Nevada, a vendor contracted by a District Court sent on personal information about 380 potential jurors to an employee's private e-mail address. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Clark County court officials did not specify if the data breach was intentional or accidental or when it occurred, but have sent letters notifying the people who were affected. The printing company that prepares jury summons notices sent the e-mail containing the sensitive personal data to an unidentified employee. The e-mail may have included the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birth dates of the jury pool.
Hackers were able to access Citibank's network of ATM machines inside 7-Eleven stores and retrieved customers' PIN numbers. The thieves then allegedly stole millions of dollars, according to a report by the Associated Press. Three people were arrested following the thefts and the criminal cases against them are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The data breach spanned between at least October 2007 to March 2008 and an unknown number of Citibank customers were affected. Hopefully the criminal nature of this case was detected before any bankruptcy cases occurred.
A data breach in California has exposed the personal information of all Google employees hired before December 31, 2005. The breach happened when computer equipment was stolen during a break-in at Colt Express Outsourcing Services Inc., a company that administers benefit plans for businesses. Google has retained the services of Kroll Inc., a New York-based risk consulting firm, to provide identity theft protection to affected employees free for one year, according to a report by the Washington Post.