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Real Estate Industry a Prime Target for Cybercrime

For more than a decade, the real estate industry has been a rich target for cybercriminals - and recent research reveals the trend has continued to increase.

Real estate transactions have become a prime target because they are highly lucrative. A down payment on a new home can be thousands, even millions of dollars. That amount of money gets passed from buyer to agent, and agent to seller, leaving many opportunities for fraudsters to intercept that money.

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."