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David F. Carr
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2/7/2014 | 10:15:04 AM
Re: Largest breach?
According to the story from our archives on the 2011 VA Tricare breach, it was reported under FCC rather than HIPAA rules. That was another government health agency breach, related to theft of computer backup tapes, but point taken that was much larger. This Texas one still seems significant as the breach of a private health system.
David F. Carr
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2/7/2014 | 9:55:27 AM
Re: Largest breach?
any idea why that wouldn't be on the HHS listing?
David F. Carr
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2/6/2014 | 9:43:55 AM
Re: same sad responce
My colleague Mathew Schwartz suggests the fact that they can't tell what was taken, if anything, may indicate a lack of investment in incident management and response technology to trace the breach. He has a column coming today that will discuss some of these issues in a broader context.

It may be that the other shoe will drop in the coming weeks, as customers and patients of the hospital discover specific problems traced to this incident.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/6/2014 | 8:24:22 AM
Re: same sad responce
"No proof" does not mean there is no such kind of problem. It just indicates that nobody has a proper estimation about the scope of damage!


It also means that no one (i.e. the company/hospital/retailer) wants to be held liable for paying for the damage. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/5/2014 | 4:40:06 PM
Re: Same Shoddy Security, Different Day
I'm not at all surprised that the healthcare is the target of a data security breach! It's only been in the past decade the industry has widely adopted electronic health records and other digital technologies. Credit bureau and consumer data tracking service company Experian reported last month: 

The sheer size of the industry makes it vulnerable when you consider that as Americans, we will spend more than $9,210 per capita on healthcare in 2013. Add to that the Healthcare Insurance Exchanges (HIEs), which are slated to add seven million people into the healthcare system, and it becomes clear that the industry, from local physicians to large hospital networks, provide an expanded attack surface for breaches." 

More at: http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/policy-and-regulation/healthcare-data-breaches-to-surge-in-2014/d/d-id/1113259?

 

David F. Carr
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2/5/2014 | 2:43:18 PM
Standard bureaucratic language?
Is that just standard bureaucratic language to say our system was breached and the hackers had full access to all this data ... but we're just not sure they actually took any of it.

Is there some example of where hackers gained that kind of access and didn't take advantage of it? Like the Grinch seeing the light and putting all the presents back neatly in their place?


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