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Tesla Sabotage Highlights the Risks of Insider Threat

A former Tesla employee used his access to the company’s network to steal “gigabytes” of highly sensitive data and transferred it to unknown third parties.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, sent an email to all employees late last Sunday night alleging that he had discovered a saboteur in the company's ranks.

Musk said this person had conducted "quite extensive and damaging sabotage" to the company's operations, including changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders.

Insider threats are healthcare's biggest risk

According to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the insider threat remains the greatest threat to healthcare providers

Healthcare is the only industry, across nine surveyed, in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization. Human error remains a major contributor to healthcare risks.

Nearly 58% of the sector’s breaches were caused by internal threat actors, while 42% were caused by external risks. 

28,434 compromised records and the importance of addressing the insider threat.

The Center For Health Care Services, based in San Antonio, Texas, has notified 28,434 patients of a breach of privacy on their personal and health information. The data was allegedly stolen when a former employee took the information after being fired in 2016.

The compromised data includes patients' Social Security numbers, dates of birth, medical records numbers, dates of services, referral information, progress notes, types of services, diagnoses, medications, lab and toxicology reports, autopsy reports, death certificates, treatment plans and discharge and death summaries.

According to the released statement:  "A former employee of CHCS was discovered to have secretly taken personal health information from CHCS on his personal laptop computer at the time his employment was terminated on May 31, 2016. The discovery was made on Nov. 7, 2017, as a result of documents produced in litigation between the former employee and CHCS."