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Jamaica passes CyberCrime Bill..

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

This week (18th December 2009) Jamaica moved its Cyber Crime bill into law making it possible to prosecute hackers and people who use nefarious popups to collect personal data. The Jamaica Observer reports-

The Bill, which was passed with eight amendments, will see persons convicted of breaches facing a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a minimum of two years; or slapped with fines ranging from between $2 million and $5 million. Read more…

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Notable Breaches of PHI in 2009…

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

This week, Network World posted an interesting slide show of some notable breaches of Health Record privacy from 2009. The mode of disclosure is telling, with internal misuse/fraud and stolen devices/media being prevalent.

http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/090209-health-breaches.html

The companies mentioned are: Read more…

Identity Theft bad for your health, or even fatal?…

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

This week, the Central District Court of California saw Pavel Valkovich, a convicted identity theft mastermind, plead guilty to trying to hire a contract killer to ‘off’ one of the witnesses against him. Valkovich, originally found guilty  of trying to transfer $440,000 from a victims bank account (via PayPal fraud) will face a statutory 50 years in the clink – 20 years for the murder-for-hire and 30 years for the fraud?

Shouldn’t those two be the other way around perhaps? Read more…

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Seasonal Security…

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In the spirit of the season, the Louisville Better Business Bureau printed 10 great tips about how to keep safe online and “in real life” this season. Though McAfee also regularly publish such information on our consumer sites, it’s interesting to get someone elses opinion on what the prevalent scams going on are.

So, ho-ho-ho and here we go with the information – be Safe online this holiday season!

1. H1N1 Email Virus – Internet scammers are sending fake emails all over the country to steal passwords and install a damaging virus on victims’ computers. The fraudulent email purportedly comes from a “State Vaccination H1N1 Program” and offers an official-looking but bogus link to the Website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The message says anyone 18 or older should click on the link to complete a personal profile because every adult “has to have his personal vaccination profile” on the CDC’s Website, whether they intend to be vaccinated or not. Read more…

Personal Data Breach Compensation Suit Thrown Out In Missouri..

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

A knock to the campaign to ensure companies take better care of our personal data occurred this when when John Amburgy lost his case against Express Scripts in Missouri, USA.

John alleged that he had spent significant time and effort in protecting

his identity following Express Scripts’ breach back in October 2008. They offered free credit report monitoring services to the people who’s PII/PHI they lost, but only to those who proved they had been victims of identity theft.

Yes, it seems you have to be a victim of identity theft because of Express Scripts breach before Express Scripts will offer you help in protecting and monitoring your identity… Read more…