Hospital Data Stolen for Identity Theft
An identity theft ring has been broken up by Cook County Sheriffs. The 19 took medical records from unlocked file cabinets on three floors of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The stolen information was used to purchase items from local stores. The group was so proud of their crimes they took the time to post pictures of themselves with stolen items to their Facebook profiles.
The 19 have been charged with a range of crimes for the thefts. [article]
The shame is that it all could have been prevented by just locking up file cabinets. Physical security is always the easiest to fix but commonly overlooked.