December 29, 2015 |
The Democratic National Committee is known in politics as the DNC, but someone inside the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign hoped you might mistake it for Damn Nefarious Conspirators . I say someone because the person who floated a conspiracy theory to Yahoo.com for a story that appeared Friday was identified only as "a top Sanders campaign adviser. " This is the latest - and possibly the weirdest - installment in the recent voter-data computer controversy surrounding the Democratic candidates for president.
December 21, 2015 |
Joshua Uretsky, the Philadelphia man fired as data chief for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders after a controversial data breach involving Hillary Clinton's campaign, is an idealist and a progressive but not someone who would do something untoward to gain electoral advantage, friends and associates said Saturday. They defended the 39-year-old Fishtown man against allegations that Uretsky and other Sanders staffers had tampered with the front-runner's confidential voter data Thursday after a security firewall temporarily vanished on the shared system the party and its candidates use to store voter data.
December 21, 2015
Kids out of school for the holidays? You could take them to the Star Wars film at the Franklin Institute's IMAX theater. They could amble through the heart's arteries or marvel at stars in the planetarium. Or they could gaze at Jamie Maguire's hair stuck to a bicycle helmet. Why is his hair and helmet on display? Consider it an object lesson. The reason James "Jamie" Maguire Jr., 55, was able to give $1.5 million to the Franklin Institute was, in part, because the helmet saved his life in a bicycle crash last year.
August 21, 2015 |
TATTLE COULDN'T NAME YOU too many Duggars, except we'd guess a lot of "J" names, but there's no question Josh is our favorite. Or should that be least favorite? And should he change his name from "Josh" to "Jerk"? Calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever," the ex-reality star has apologized for a "secret addiction" to pornography and for cheating on his wife. "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife," he said in a statement posted to, and later removed from, the family's website yesterday.
July 30, 2015
IT WAS NEVER a matter of if , but when . As soon as the news broke about two major hacking incidents at the Office of Personnel Management, I knew what would come next. And I knew it wouldn't be immediate cases of identity theft. It could be months, if not years, before identity thieves victimize employees whose information was compromised. They know people are more vigilant at the beginning. So they wait until everyone calms down. But other scammers strike quickly when a data breach is disclosed.
July 21, 2015
ISSUE | DATA BREACH Burned before As one of the 21.5 million people affected by the Office of Personnel Management data breach, I am far from comforted by the government's response. First, this is not the only time the OPM has adversely affected my life. Due to its temporary loss of my security clearance paperwork, I was let go from a government assignment after only three weeks. Second, I have grave doubts about the firm that the OPM retained to provide credit monitoring, since it seems to be passing the actual work on to an even less experienced firm.
April 5, 2015 |
IF YOU took an ambulance ride between Feb. 1 and Sept. 4, 2012, the Fire Department wants you to keep a close eye on your bank statement. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer announced yesterday that an employee of Intermedix, a company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. that handles billing services for ambulance agencies, handed over sensitive patient information for use in a tax-return fraud scheme. The data breach was first discovered in 2012, and, at that time, it didn't appear that local EMS data was affected, according to a statement from Sawyer.
April 5, 2015 |
Billing information for at least 750 patients who used Philadelphia ambulances in 2012 was stolen by an employee of the company that handles such data, the Fire Department said Friday. The company, Intermedix, was first made aware of the data breach, which affected agencies in several states, in 2012, the department said. The thefts were part of a scheme to use the patients' information to file fraudulent tax returns, and the employee is now in jail. In 2012, Philadelphia officials were assured that the breach did not affect them, the department said.
December 28, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross on Friday disclosed a data breach affecting 12,500 of its more than 2.5 million members. Unlike most high-profile cases of personal data loss, such as the one at Target stores last year affecting 70 million people, the IBC case did not involve computers. The incident happened in October, when maintenance workers threw out four boxes of member records that were supposed to be moved from one floor to another at IBC's offices, the company said Friday in a legal notice.
September 13, 2014 |
An unencrypted desktop computer containing personal information on 3,780 patients was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office in late July, the university said in a statement Thursday. The computer, in the department of surgery, contained files with patient information that could be used for identity theft, including name, age, billing codes, and, in some cases, the name of the referring physician. The files did not contain Social Security numbers or financial data, according to the university.