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February 26, 2010  7:25 PM

Health Care Breaches and Third Party Associates



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, DataManagement, Identity theft, information security, information security policy, medical identity theft

The Department of Health and Human Services has posted a list of the covered entities, (i.e., those that come under HIPAA regulations) that have reported health information data breaches...

November 23, 2009  5:39 PM

Buy Your OWN Automatic Theft Machine



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, Data Breaches, Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Hardware & InfoSec, Identity theft, Stupid Technology

Is it really a surprise that ATMs can be bought on eBay or Craigslist? Given the amount of...


August 24, 2009  6:31 PM

By the Numbers



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, employee theft, Identity theft, information security

I was reading through the list of 2009 reported data breaches/identity theft/etc over on Identitytheft.Info and pondering the patterns that might be visible with a little help of sorting/filtering in Excel. Part of the problem is that...


June 22, 2009  5:32 PM

Google Thyself



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Google hacking, Identity theft, Privacy, privacy on the web

I have a series of Google Alerts set up to alert me daily on such interesting topics as data theft, data breach, etc., etc., and I have one set up for my full name, or any two parts thereof. I have, as it happens, a very unique name, and should someone...


February 13, 2009  10:06 PM

Facebook Hacking



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Identity theft, Penetration testing, Privacy, Security

I don't have a Facebook profile. I've never even been ON Facebook. There's something about posting one's life constantly that I just don't find all that appealing. I've got too much to do online as it is. I admit to being on LinkedIn, mostly because my University dean pushed the entire graduating...


December 20, 2008  2:11 AM

Thank you, Federal Trade Commission…



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Database security, DataManagement, Identity theft, Security, Tearing My Hair Out

For saying the blindingly obvious: "Companies and schools should find new ways to authenticate the identities of customers, employees and students that do not involve social security numbers, a U.S. consumer protection agency said on Wednesday as part of recommendations to fight identity...


December 17, 2008  4:46 PM

Nobody is “Too Small” to Get Hacked



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, Compliance, Data Breaches, Identity theft, Security

It's been an interesting week in "Breachland," with reports of breaches in all sorts of places: eyewear companies,


December 11, 2008  5:27 PM

More on ATMs – The Daily Store Owner Log



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, DataManagement, Hardware & InfoSec, Identity theft, Security Devices, Stupid Technology

Did you know that a store that puts in an ATM for customer use also provides a daily log of transactions to the owner? The log includes the Bank name, last four numbers of the account, the customer name, and the transaction. So if I do an account balance request, that comes up in the log. ...


December 2, 2008  11:48 AM

“Selling It”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Identity theft

Information about consumer purchases, habits and history have become multi-billion dollar treasure troves for businesses to sell and mine for others. Specialized, targeted information from consumer databases held by banks and other financial institutions are being used to develop business...


November 29, 2008  1:47 AM

What does a Data Breach REALLY Cost?



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Identity theft, Security

If you want to experience pain in the corporate wallet, I invite you to go to the Data Loss Cost Calculator. Plug in some numbers and look at the costs in the different regulatory penalties, attorney fees, investigation costs, etc. I recently...


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