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.
July 18, 2014 |
Penn Medicine Tuesday announced a data breach involving receipts from Penn Medicine Rittenhouse that were stolen last month from a locked office in Pennsylvania Hospital. Notifications of the theft were sent to 661 patients Monday, said Susan Phillips, a senior vice president and spokeswoman for the health system. She said no arrests have been made. There have been no instances of identity theft related to theft. Phillips said that was a "very low risk. " Many of the receipts were found on hospital grounds.
June 18, 2014 |
A NINTH PERSON charged in a case involving a Southwest Philadelphia tax company accused of fraudulently using the identities of foster and disabled kids on tax returns may plead guilty next week. Mohamed Conteh, of Collingdale, Delaware County, has a plea hearing slated for June 25 before U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis, according to an entry filed yesterday in his court docket. Conteh had worked as a tax preparer at Medmans Financial Services at its Woodland Avenue office, near 66th Street.
March 13, 2013 |
New word: doxxing , the practice of piecing together detailed personal information from initial stuff you glean from Internet-available sources - such as when you find an e-mail address, then burrow through that to find phone numbers, addresses, info on chat rooms. It's a form of stalking. Hacker(s?) on the website exposed.su have either doxxed or hacked directly into celebrity private info, publishing photos, credit reports, mortgage details, Social Security numbers, etc. And now, says the FBI, the louts are "using" the info.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) says that 95 percent of private-sector networks are vulnerable and that most have already been hit. What's being stolen? Personal identities, Social Security numbers, money from banks, blueprints for next-generation jobs. At risk are private companies and public agencies.
January 26, 2013
Officials at Cheyney University urged students Friday to check their credit reports after an inadvertent release of their personal data, including Social Security numbers. The historically black college in Chester County apologized to students in a letter sent Friday. Cheyney said it was using a credit-monitoring firm to prevent misuse of the information. An administrative e-mail sent to all students on Thursday accidentally included a file with personal data, the university said.
September 30, 2012 |
AFORMER Main Line housekeeper accused of stealing a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin valued at more than $3 million was denied bail on Friday. Andrea Lawton, 46, who was arrested in Maryland on Sept. 21 by the FBI while in possession of the bust, must remain in custody pending trial. U.S. Magistrate M. Faith Angell deemed Lawton, 46, who showed up in court in a black head scarf and an olive prison jumpsuit, to be a flight risk. According to court papers, Lawton had told FBI and IRS agents that she had come to Maryland to sell the bust on the black market.
August 2, 2012
Md. man charged in 'joker' threat UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A man accused of referring to himself as "a joker" and threatening to shoot up his workplace has been charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse, prosecutors said Wednesday. Neil E. Prescott, 28, of Crofton, was taken into custody Friday after police said they found ammunition and a cache of about two dozen weapons in his apartment. He has been undergoing an emergency psychiatric evaluation at a hospital since then. The "joker" comment prompted concern because of a mass shooting a week earlier at a Colorado movie theater screening the latest Batman movie.
June 20, 2012 |
As if the drama in Greece weren't tragic enough, here at home we're facing "taxmageddon," a fiscal cliff, and potentially, hackers breaking into our bank and brokerage accounts. Take a deep breath. The FBI is here to help — at least with the hackers. The FBI's Philadelphia field office offers tips for investors about how to avoid getting scammed — and who to call if you do. We don't think of G-men tackling securities and investment fraud, but in fact, they do most of the nitty-gritty investigating for the regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.