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According to a new report by the HIPAA Journal, the first three months of 2018 have seen 77 healthcare data breaches. The breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), have impacted more than one million patients and and health plan members.
This number is twice the number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches in Q4 of 2017. Between January 1 and March 31, 2018, 1,073,766 individuals had their Patient Health Information (PHI) exposed, viewed, or stolen compared to 520,141 individuals in Q4, 2017.
Data breaches put millions at risk each year. And while many victims are adults, it seems that no one is too young to become a victim of identity fraud.
According to a new study by Javelin Strategy & Research, over 1 million US children had their identities stolen in 2017 – resulting in $2.6 billion in fraud, with families paying over $540 million out of pocket.
Even worse, these attacks can occur before children even become active internet users. 66 percent of child identity fraud victims are younger than eight years old.
Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Monero, have rapidly grown in popularity due to their security and value. But investors and consumers aren’t the only ones interested in them. Hackers are using malicious tactics to steal cryptocurrency – and they’re doing it with your computer.
This week, Breadcrumb Cybersecurity performed custom, healthcare-centric training for Valley Health Team. Our engineers performed a live hack demonstration, highlighted real-world hacking examples, and equipped staff with prevention strategies for mitigating risk.
Valley Health Team is a private, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. For over 45 years, their staff has provided primary care services in underserved urban and rural communities throughout the central California valley. Their team of Board certified physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, dentists, optometrists, and support staff serve 20,765 individuals annually, at 8 locations throughout the valley.
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.
Tech support scams last year resulted in $15 million in losses, an increase of 86% over 2016, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
In 2017, IC3 received approximately 11,000 complaints related to tech support fraud. The claimed losses amounted to nearly $15 million. While a majority of tech support fraud involves victims in the United States, IC3 has received complaints from victims in 85 different countries.