Breach Brief – 21st Century Oncology

Published On March 11, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

21st centuryA Florida based cancer treatment facility announced that an unknown hacker has stolen more than 2 million patient records. In a statement 21st Century Oncology said the data breach took place on October 3, 2015, but was not discovered until November 13. The company was notified by the FBI who spotted some of the records being exchanged on hacker websites.

The stolen data contains information on both staff members and current and former cancer patients.

21st Century reported the stolen included patient names, social security numbers, physician names, diagnosis details, treatment information, and insurance plans details and affects patients in all fifty states.

Details of the breach have been withheld until now because the FBI wanted to investigate leads that might have uncovered the culprit.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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