University of Georgia police say they've identified the person responsible for hacking into the school's computer system that contained records of current and former employees. He is a former student and was found dead during the course of the investigation.
It’s getting harder for identity thieves to steal money from the state Department of Revenue. A new computer program targeting tax fraud has flagged over 40-thousand returns since January. Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie says the LexisNexis Tax Refund Investigative Solution could save the state from incorrectly distributing $20 million dollars.
The Federal Trade Commission data shows Georgia was second in the nation for identity theft complaints in 2011, behind only Florida. The state’s residents filed more than 11,000 identity theft complaints with federal agencies, Better Business Bureaus and other agencies, a 20 percent increase from the year before.
Emory Healthcare is warning 7,300 patients of its Atlanta Orthopedic Clinic that thieves who stole medical records compromised several patients’ identities. Emory said most of the patients are not at risk, but the letters come after 32 patient records were among thousands of documents seized in April during an identity-theft ring bust in Duluth.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has known since March that customers’ personal information had been accessible on-line over the previous five months. But it’s taken until this week for the state’s largest health insurance provider to notify 70-thousand potential victims.