Tag Archives: identity theft

Federal Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Identity Protection Services

In the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches, employers are increasingly viewing identity theft protection as an essential employee benefit for employees. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 voluntary benefits and services (VBS) survey, identity theft protection, offered by 35 percent of employers in 2015, could double to nearly 70 percent by 2018. Recognizing … Continue Reading

Trading Card Maker Topps Notifies Customers of Data Breach

According to several media outlets, Topps, whose products include sports trading cards, recently notified customers via email of a security breach. Information that may have been compromised includes bank account numbers, names, and email addresses of customers who placed orders between July 30 and October 12, 2016. Topps has not publicly released the number of … Continue Reading

Former IRS Employee Reports to Prison for Identity Theft and Fraud

Nakeisha Hall was sentenced in federal district court in August to serve nine years and two months in prison after she plead guilty for crimes she committed while working for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service. Instead of advocating for taxpayers, she actually used taxpayers’ personal information to commit fraud and identity theft against them. Her … Continue Reading

Information From 700+ Patients Stolen from LAC+USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) has notified patients that the protected health information of over 700 patients seen in the LAC+USC neurosurgery clinic was stolen from an employee’s car. The information, which was contained on appointment lists, included patients’ names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, telephone numbers, gender, and date/time of scheduled appointments, … Continue Reading

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates Employee Emails Patient Information to Personal Account and Gets Fired

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates, (“MedStar Cardiology”) affiliated with MedStar Health, which was recently in the news for a ransomware attack, discovered that an employee sent protected health information of 907 patients to a personal email account. The information contained in the email included the patients’ names, dates of birth, health insurance ID numbers, and some … Continue Reading

Tax season may bring more breaches; new victim, TaxAct

This tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been working closely with big tax preparation vendors and chains to improve the security this year and safeguard against widespread identity theft. The IRS is now requiring stricter password standards, a new timed lockout feature and limited unsuccessful log-in attempts, along with three security questions. The … Continue Reading

32 alleged IRS hackers arrested

The federal government has arrested 32 members of the Insane Crip gang and charged them with 283 counts of criminal conspiracy, 299 counts of identity theft, 226 counts of grand theft and 58 counts of attempted theft through a $14.3 million identity theft and tax fraud scheme of filing fraudulent tax returns. Millions of Americans … Continue Reading

Premera Blue Cross reveals data breach of over 11 million members’ information

The luck of the Irish was not with Premera Blue Cross’s (Premera) on St. Patrick’s Day, when the health insurer announced a breach of approximately 11 million of its members’ personal information due to a sophisticated cyberattack that started in May 2014. According to Premera, cyber hackers gained access to Premera’s member information through its … Continue Reading

P.F. Chang’s Asks 7th Circuit to Affirm Dismissal of Proposed Class Action Lawsuit

On Tuesday, P.F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro, Inc. (P.F. Chang’s) gave the public access to the brief it recently filed with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the Court to affirm the lower Court’s dismissal of a proposed class action against it for the massive data breach it experienced last year. P.F. Chang’s argued that … Continue Reading
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