North Macomb PLUS Office, Southwest Macomb PLUS Office

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 1, 2011
geo: 
MI
United States
Michigan US
Records Breached: 

14,000 (Unknown number of Social Security numbers)

Almost 14,000 documents related to drivers license and state identification applications were stolen from two separate offices over a total of two years.  The applications included names, dates of birth, addresses, and in some cases Social Security numbers.  The documents were stolen in May or June from secured areas at the North Macomb PLUS Office in Chesterfield Township and from the Southwest Macomb PLUS Office in Warren.  The information dates back to 2009.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Methodist Hospital

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 9, 2011
geo: 
Houston , TX
United States
Texas US
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Three people are accused of using cancer and transplant patient files from Methodist Hospital to make fraudulent purchases.  A dishonest employee took the birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients and passed them along to two co-conspirators.  The trio then opened accounts and took out loans in the names of at least five patients.  They face life in prison if convicted.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Veterans Administration Medical Center (Biloxi)

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 16, 2011
geo: 
Biloxi , MS
United States
Mississippi US
Records Breached: 

1,814

The VA believes an employee's office at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi was inappropriately accessed without proper authorization on July 21.  A number of medical files with veteran names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information like medical diagnoses were found spread on the office floor.  The breach could affect veterans, deceased veterans and VA employees in seven counties in southern Mississippi, four counties in southern Alabama, and seven counties in the Florida Panhandle. 

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Xavier University

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 16, 2011
geo: 
Cincinnati , OH
United States
Ohio US
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Sensitive student athlete medical records were misplaced by a coach who was transplanting them to an athletic event.  A recently released prisoner found the documents and attempted to sell them back to the University for $20,000.  The man was caught, pled guilty to extortion, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Good Samaritan Hospital

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 20, 2011
geo: 
Baltimore , MD
United States
Maryland US
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A man posing as a vendor took two barrels of old X-ray film.  The film contained medical data from over five years ago.  It had been put aside for destruction or recycling.  Authorities believe the thief wanted to extract the silver contained in the films.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

New York University Langone Medical Center Hospital for Join Diseases (HJD)

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 19, 2011
geo: 
New York , NY
United States
New York US
Extra Info: 

Patients with questions may call 1-877-698-2333.

Records Breached: 

2,600 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

Paper tracking records of tissue issued in orthopaedic surgeries performed at HJD in 2009 and 2010 were mistakenly discarded on or around June 23.  It appears that the papers were then compacted and buried in a landfill rather than properly disposed.  Patients who were affected had their name, date of birth, gender, hospital, date of surgery, and clinical surgery information exposed.  

Source: 
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net

Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 23, 2011
geo: 
Illiana , IL
United States
Illinois US
Extra Info: 

Veterans with quesitons may call the VA Illiana's privacy officer at (217) 554-4943.

Records Breached: 

518

An appointment book was discovered missing on July 14.  It contained the last names and last four digits of veterans' Social Security numbers.  It is unclear where the book was taken from, but it is clear that it was not properly safeguarded.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Summit Medical Group, Emory Family Practice, Fountain City Family Physicians, Office of Dr. Kenneth Reese

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 28, 2011
geo: 
Knoxville , TN
United States
Tennessee US
Extra Info: 

Patients at the Summit Medical Group medical centers at Deane Hill and Northshore Drive were affected.  Affected patients may call 865-212-0116.

Records Breached: 

750 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The September 4 theft of documents from an employee's car resulted in the exposure of patient names and diagnoses.  The car was parked at the employee's home.  Summit Medical Group account numbers, dates of birth, primary physician's names, names of hospitals, and dates of discharges were exposed.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Dentistry at the Crest

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 3, 2011
geo: 
Aurora , CO
United States
Colorado US
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Hundreds of sensitive dental patient records were found by a street sweeper.  They were scattered near a dumpster behind a shopping center.  The records appear to be from a dental practice in Lone Tree, a 20 mile journey.  The party responsible for the breach is unknown.  Billing records with patient names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and addresses were exposed.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

First Priority Life Insurance Company, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Penn Foster

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 30, 2011
geo: 
Scranton , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US
Records Breached: 

500

Around 500 employees were affected by the home theft of a laptop and sensitive papers.  A Blue Cross business associate took home reports that contained names, Social Security numbers, and addresses of First Priority policyholders.  The reports and laptop were stolen while the home was vacated due to flooding.  The laptop was recovered a few days later.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

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