Stolen laptop puts thousands at risk of identity theft

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER and TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: September 28, 2011 - 10:19 AM

Safeguards were skipped before computer with patient info was taken.

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dlzabzSep. 27, 1112:35 PM

Until punitive damages are assessed against companies and especially banks, fraud and theft of personal information will be big business for crooks.

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StarquestSep. 27, 1112:36 PM

Mistake #1: keeping private data on a portable computer. Mistake #2: data was unencrypted. Mistake #3: leaving the laptop in a car. Recipe for disaster. These are mistakes that should not be made in 2011. No excuses.

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mike2636Sep. 27, 1112:41 PM

Love how the hospital was quick to blame a contractor. I blame the hospital for allowing a contractor to bring home with them personal patient info......

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BadbreathSep. 27, 1112:42 PM

The entire concept of the hard drive is an archaic nightmare from cable modem days. Yet the slowness and, as in this case, illogicality of modern technological systems is what makes them _perceived_ by most as being extremely technologically advanced.

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JJrose403Sep. 27, 1112:42 PM

I don't understand how this information would even be "on" a laptop. With modern networking capabilities this information could easily be stored on other hardware/servers and accessed securely and modified from the device but never stored on the laptop. If the machine is stolen, the crooks would still need to access the secure network to retrieve any data.

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Loon03Sep. 27, 1112:45 PM

Another possibility is that the information was "sold" before it was "stolen". "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." I'm sure Fairview is considering that possibility as well.

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kim55330Sep. 27, 1112:50 PM

Keep the work in-house or at home on a computer specifically dedicated for work purposes, no personal or portable laptop computer to be used ever for work.

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kn12345Sep. 27, 1112:57 PM

Rule number one of using a laptop: NEVER leave it unattended! Duh.

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spendmoreSep. 27, 11 1:01 PM

Both groups said they will offer free identify-theft protection to all patients. - Why doesn't the hospital take the lead and use drive encryption software so if a computer is stolen, it is not accessible by anyone. Pretty much a no brainer. Apparently they are not concerned with your personal data.

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ckuhlmanSep. 27, 11 1:02 PM

How about naming names. Surely that 'contractor', their supervisor, and the managers at Fairview all have names. As long as you let people remain anonymous there really isn't any penalty here. There is a real deterrent value in Public Shaming.

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