WENDYS DATA BREACH – WHERE’S THE BREACH?

Wendy's launches investigation into data breach after customers complain of fraudulent charges on credit and debit cards.

COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS (CHS) DATA BREACH EXPOSES MILLIONS OF PATIENTS’ PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION (PII)

CHS Data Breach Puts Patients At Risk for ID Theft in Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee Community Health Systems (CHS) was the target of at least two cyber attacks originating from China in April and June of 2014. The Tennessee-based healthcare organization, which owns, operates, and leases almost 200 hospitals across 29 different states1, confirmed that confidential, [...]

WHAT IS THE COST OF ID THEFT?

Millions of consumers become identity theft victims every year.  Last year alone, 40 million consumers became identity theft victims of the Target data breach.  What is the cost of identity theft?  Banks incur costs for closing and opening new accounts and issuing new debit or credit cards.  According to the Credit Union National Association, the [...]

WHAT IS A SECURITY FREEZE ON MY CREDIT FILE?

What is a security freeze on my credit file?  A security freeze on your credit file prevents creditors, employers and insurance companies from obtaining your credit file.  The security freeze protects consumers' privacy and helps to ensure new credit accounts are not opened in their name and without their knowledge.  Identity theft victims may place a security [...]

DATA BREACH & DATA LOSS NEWS – TOP STORIES

Our firm represents the victims of data breaches and data losses.  Personal identifying information is a commodity.  Your personal information can be sold just like illegal drugs on the street.  Companies and government agencies have a duty to protect your personal identifying information. If your personal information is taken or lost, you may be at [...]

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IDENTITY THEFT CONFERENCE

The Center for Identity Theft at the University of Texas recently held a conference on identity theft.  Over 10 million consumers a year become victims of identity theft.  Children are also at risk for identity theft.  An estimated 1 million children become identity theft victims every year.  From the cradle to the grave – studies [...]

NORTEL DATA BREACH – CEO CHARGED WITH FRAUD

Former Nortel CEO Frank Dunn, now being tried for fraud, was among several senior company managers who were aware of a long-standing data breach into Nortel's computers systems, but chose to do nothing. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, former Nortel employee Brian Shields led an investigation and discovered the breach, but was [...]

REGIONS BANK 401K PARTICIPANTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT – ERNST & YOUNG LOSES JUMP DRIVE

Current and former employees of Regions Bank are being mailed data loss notification letters concerning a recent data loss.  According to the data loss notification letters from Regions Bank and Ernst & Young, a jump drive containing Regions' 401K participants' personal identifying information was lost in the mail.  The jump drive was purportedly encrypted, but [...]

MEDICAL DATA BREACHES ON THE RISE

Healthcare organizations need to "serve as their own watchdog" to increase security and decrease data breaches, a new report from IT security audit firm Redspin concludes. The increase in "bring your own device" policies at various hospitals, in addition to the continued implementation of electronic health record systems, are too much for government alone to [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED OVER STRATFOR DATA BREACH – THOUSANDS OF CREDIT CARD NUMBERS STOLEN

Geopolitical analysis company Stratfor has been hit with a lawsuit this week after a computer hacker stole information on thousands of the company's customers. The lawsuit, filed by Stratfor users, claims that information on 90,000 credit card accounts were stolen, as well as 75,000 people's personal information. The lawsuit is seeking more than $50 million in [...]