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December 15, 2015

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Phishing Email Leads to $750,000 OCR HIPAA Settlement

In a press release dated December 14, 2015 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced a settlement with the University of Washington (UWM) for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.

In November of 2013, OCR initiated an investigation of the UWM following receipt of a breach report of approximately 90,000 individuals electronic protected health information (e-PHI) was accessed after an employee opened an email attachment that contained malware. The malware compromised the organization’s IT infrastructure stealing patient information, such as names, date of births, social security numbers, medical record numbers, billing information, etc.

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December 1, 2015

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VTech Data Breach: 5 million records, including Photos of Children

Yesterday, Hong Kong based toymaker VTech (VTech Holding Limited) announced a data  breach of approximately 5 million customer records and related kids profiles worldwide were affected by this data breach. VTech’s online portal more commonly known as Learning Lodge, allows parents to register accounts for themselves and their children. This allows parents to download apps and other VTech related electronic content. A hacker that has leaked the content of this data breach revealed he has no plans to do anything with the stolen data. So what type of information was stolen?

According to the FAQ page, in the United States alone 2,212,863 parent accounts and 2,894,091 child profile accounts were compromised.

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