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UCLA Health breach puts data at risk for 4.5M

UCLA Health breach puts data at risk for 4.5M

By Joseph Conn  |  July 17, 2015

Four-hospital UCLA Health said Friday that cyber criminals hit part of its network that contains the records of an estimated 4.5 million people.

Blues plans will offer free, perpetual credit and fraud protection

Blues plans will offer free, perpetual credit and fraud protection

By Joseph Conn  |  July 15, 2015

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, reacting to a series of massive cyberattacks that exposed millions of their customers' personally identifiable records, will offer free and continuous credit monitoring and fraud protection services to all of their 106 million members.

Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  June 26, 2015

Deven McGraw has been named deputy director of the health information privacy division of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. McGraw will lead OCR's policy and enforcement on HIPAA. Some hail this move, while others worry about her stance on privacy issues and a perceived "pro-business" slant.

Indiana health IT software firm hacked

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 11, 2015

Medical Informatics Engineering, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based maker of Web-based health information-technology software, said Wednesday it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack that exposed the protected health information of an unknown number of patients.

Experts: Hacks on federal worker data likely linked to China

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 05, 2015

Cybersecurity experts say it's likely the same Chinese hackers who recently breached the records of at least 4 million government workers were also responsible for the cyberattacks against insurers Anthem, Premera and CareFirst.

CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2015

IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.

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