John Hopkins University


Location

Baltimore Maryland Baltimore, MD
United States
Phone: 1-410-516-8000
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 7, 2014
geo: 
Baltimore Maryland Baltimore, MD
United States
Phone: 1-410-516-8000
Records Breached: 

1,307

University officials at John Hopkins University announced a data breach of their Department of Biomedical Engineering's Design Team course web server. A hacker claiming to be part of the group Anonymous claimed credit for the hack.

The hackers made an attempt to extort the university out of server passwords, but the university did not comply with the request.

Source: 
Media

Hospice of North Idaho (HONI)


Location

Hayden, ID
United States
47° 45' 57.6576" N, 116° 47' 11.6952" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 2, 2013
geo: 
Hayden, ID
United States
Extra Info: 

Read the full agreement between HHS and HONI here: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/honi-agreement.pdf

Records Breached: 

441 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The June 2010 theft of an unencrypted laptop from an employee's car resulted in the exposure of patient information.  The HHS Office for Civil Rights investigated the breach and found that HONI had not conducted a risk analysis to safeguard electronic protected health information.  It was also discovered that HONI did not meet a HIPAA Security Rule that required them to have policies or procedures in place to address mobile device security.  HONI agreed to pay the U.S.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan


Location

Rockville, MD
United States
39° 5' 2.3892" N, 77° 9' 9.9288" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 22, 2013
geo: 
Rockville, MD
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

NECA/IBEM Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP) participants received disclosure documents related to benefits coverage and modifications.  The outside of the envelopes in which the documents arrived displayed participant Social Security numbers.

Source: 
California Attorney General

Premier Tax


Location

AL
United States
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 3, 2013
geo: 
AL
United States
Extra Info: 

The area of Alabama where the breach occurred is unclear.

Records Breached: 

Unknown

Six people who worked in tax preparation were charged with fraud and filing false tax returns in March of 2012.  Over 1,000 false tax returns were filed between October 2009 and April 2012.  The fraudulent returns totalled more than $1.7 million.  

UPDATE (01/29/2013): Two others were linked to the conspiracy and charged.  One of them was an employee of an unnamed Alabama state agency. She was able to access a state database of personal information and provide it to others in the identity theft ring.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Sierra View District Hospital


Location

Porterville, CA
United States
36° 3' 54.828" N, 119° 1' 0.3648" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 17, 2013
geo: 
Porterville, CA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

The Information Technology Department at Sierra View District Hospital detected unusual activity on its computer network.  Patient information may have been affected and the investigation is ongoing.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles


Location

Little Falls, MN
United States
45° 58' 35.0004" N, 94° 21' 45" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 22, 2013
geo: 
Little Falls, MN
United States
Records Breached: 

5,000 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

An employee working as an administrative manager in the Enforcement Division viewed the DMV information of around 5,000 people outside of work hours and for no job-related reason.  His activities between January 2008 and October 2012 were discovered and he was discharged on January 11, 2013.  It is believed that the driver's license and other motor vehicle record information was viewed for curiosity and not malicious purposes.

Source: 
Media

LexisNexis, Sprechman & Associates


Location

Miami, FL
United States
25° 47' 20.2884" N, 80° 13' 35.1804" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 22, 2013
geo: 
Miami, FL
United States
Records Breached: 

20,000

LexisNexis informed Sprechman & Associates that the unusual, excessive activity of an associate caused them to eliminate that associate's access to LexisNexis' database.  The associate was later found to have misused Social Security numbers in order to file over 11 million dollars in fraudulent tax refund claims. The dishonest associate was not immediately fired from Sprechman & Associates and was terminated in July 2012 when law enforcement used a warrant to search his home and office computers.  

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Apple


Location

Cupertino, CA
United States
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 19, 2013
geo: 
Cupertino, CA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Apple detected malware on employee computers.  A small number of employee computers had been affected after their users went to a website for software developers.  Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter experienced the same breach around the same time.

Source: 
Media

National Institute of Aerospace, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Location

Hampton, VA
United States
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 21, 2013
geo: 
Hampton, VA
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A Chinese national who worked as a contractor for the National Institute of Aerospace had access to NASA's Langley Research Center.  He was caught boarding a plane with two external hard drives, two laptops, a memory stick, and an SIM card on March 16.  He originally did not reveal the second laptop, hard drive, and SIM card when detained.  The information he was attempting to steal was not revealed.  

Source: 
Media

Tennis Express, American Express


Location

Houston, TX
United States
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 1, 2013
geo: 
Houston, TX
United States
Records Breached: 

Unkown

A hacker or hackers accessed Tennis Expresses computer network on or around December 19, 2012.  The breach was discovered in mid-February of 2013.  The issue was caused by a vulnerability in a third party vendor program.  Names, addresses, credit card numbers, verification value, and expiration dates may have been exposed.

Source: 
California Attorney General
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