[ISN] Private patient information stolen from Northwestern used in massive identity theft

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:05:05 -0600 (CST)

By Kara Spak 
Staff Reporter
March 25, 2010

Unlocked file cabinets of patient information on three floors of 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Customers who didn't check their credit card statements. 

All created a ripe environment for a small crew of bandits to steal 
hundreds of identities then spend more than $300,000 on items charged 
from stores like Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Victoria's Secret and 
Lowe's, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday.

Some of the ill-gotten purchases were resold for cash, Dart said.

Others were posted on Facebook, the perpetrators preening in new jewelry 
and clothing, he said.


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