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Analyzing foreign health data breaches
From: security curmudgeon <jericho () attrition org>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:35:16 -0500 (CDT)

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By Patrick Ouellette
Health IT Security
March 21, 2013

The U.S. has experienced its fair share of health data breaches over the past 
few years, but there are breaches popping up all over the world that are worth 
watching because of the varied nature of the attacks. HealthITSecurity.com 
aggregated a few foreign data breaches, many originally pointed out by 
PHIPrivacy.net, and found some collective threads among the reports.

The breaches range from the unusual to the not-so-surprising, but there?s a 
general theme here that applies to many of the U.S. breaches as well: They were 
entirely preventable. Let?s take a look:

The bizarre

This was certainly a weird one. According to abclocal.com, a Brazilian doctor 
used fake fingers with the prints of 11 doctors and 20 nurses to pretend they 
were showing up to work five overnight shifts each month instead of just one. 
Apparently Ferraz Vasconcelos Hospital staff paid the director $2,400 per month 
to participate as well. Going the biometrics route is certainly unusual and as 
the technology becomes more popular, this will be a trend worth keeping an eye 

Up in Canada, there was another strange case where a former morgue employee was 
reportedly a fan of snapping pictures of female corpses. The employee was later 
fired as a result of these photos. You can read the rest of the story here at 


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