October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the perfect time to kick start a culture of security. Human error and failures by employees continues to lead to almost half of all data breaches. Educate yourself, your family, and your employees on online safety to prepare for a lifelong awareness of the risk of identity theft.
Here are the recent data breaches that made headlines in October 2019:
Methodist Hospitals of Indiana
The personal information of over 68,000 patients of Indiana-based Methodist Hospitals was accessed by hackers after employees were targeted by phishing emails. Patient information exposed includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license/state ID/passport numbers, credit card information and health records.
An open database was discovered, exposing names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, dates and travel costs, check-in times, room numbers, and masked credit card details. The disclosed information impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals, including U.S. government and military personnel who have used Autoclerk, a hotel property management system.
Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Several employees at Kalispell Regional Healthcare fell victim to phishing attack in the summer of 2019, giving hackers access to the personal information of over 130,000 patients. The information divulged included names, Social Security numbers, addresses, medical record numbers, dates of birth, telephone numbers, email addresses, medical history and treatment information, dates of service, treating/referring physicians, medical bill account numbers and/or health insurance information.
Adobe Creative Cloud’s 7.5 Million users had their email addresses, usernames, location, Adobe products, account creation dates, dates of last login, subscriptions and payment status exposed in an online unprotected database.
The world’s first internet domain name provider, Network Solutions, confirmed a third party had access to names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and service information of their customers.