When patients are undergoing treatment for potentially life-threatening illnesses, the last thing they need to worry about is identity theft. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for 2.2 million individuals whose identifying information was stolen in a breach of 21st Century Oncology.
Spoofing, phishing, spearphishing, boss phishing…the latest trend in data breaches may fall into a number of different categories, but it has something that other methods don’t have: it’s almost certain that the victim will fall for it. Why? Because his job could depend on it.
In late January, Krebs on Security reported on a data breach that apparently affected some Wendy’s restaurant locations, seemingly all located in the Midwest. The breach is believed to have affected the POS payment mechanisms in stores, as a number of financial institutions have reported suspicious card activity on their customers’ debit cards following visits to certain Wendy’s locations. Apparently? Seemingly? Suspicious? Where are the details of the data breach?
In a case that is almost too mindboggling to be true, the Department of Veterans Affairs sent an email to a citizen in Wisconsin last April that contained the names and complete identifying information (including Social Security numbers) for hundreds of veterans within the state.
Once upon a time, the content of phishing emails was amusing, if not downright bizarre. These emails included odd stories about deposed royalty from far-off countries, people who barely managed to escape with their lives… and their billions of dollars.