Skip to comments.FDNY warns of major data breach possibly affecting more than 10,000 patients
Posted on 08/09/2019 3:18:11 PM PDT by DFG
The FDNY admitted Friday that an employees personal hard drive was ripped off and thousands of EMS patients may have had their information compromised five months after learning of the theft.
The theft affected 10,253 people who were treated or taken to the hospital by FDNY EMS ambulance between 2011 and 2018 including 2,988 whose social security numbers might have been exposed, the FDNY said.
This was not a hacking, but a loss of data caused by one employees failure to follow the departments data security policies, said fire department spokesman Myles Miller.
The department learned on March 4 that an employees personal, unencrypted external hard drive was missing from an FDNY facility.
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I tried to protect company data from hackers. Got cursed at by the local top manager.
Frankly I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often; my guess is a lot of them don’t admit it.
I’m sure the Union will provide a convincing explanation for why an employees personal unencrypted external hard drive was even allowed in the premises, much less attached to a department computer.
Who wants to bet the answer involves porn?
“Who wants to bet the answer involves porn?”
Always thinking the worst of people huh? Yeah, it was probably porn.
For Windas 10 (as we call it in Texas) and later versions, there is BIT LOCKER, which encrypts your hard drive, totally. They can get your hardware by stealing it, but without your password, they’ll never see what’s on your computer. You’ll have to upgrade to the business version of windas, for $99, as I’ve done for my last two computers. I also use Bit Locker to encrypt all of my portable drives, making them useless to others.
I travel a lot and know full well that my computer/drives will either be stolen or simply lost by me. My data is safe, so it’s only a few hundred dollars at risk.
I know, I know, this sounds like an advertisement, but we here try to advise each other, and in my prior 45,000 posts on FR, you won’t find me pushing a thing here.
Sometimes I think we will end up going full circle and use paper and pencils, carbon paper, filing cabinets, and pay phones with rotary dial.
We wouldn’t be worse off.
What we need is even more data archived and recorded to make us all that much safer.
“Sometimes I think we will end up going full circle and use paper and pencils, carbon paper, filing cabinets, and pay phones with rotary dial.”
And don’t forget the dreaded mimeograph.which I used in the 50s.
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