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Daily Dashboard | Illinois paramedic indicted for altering patient records to steal narcotics Related reading: CESI releases data security assessment tool

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A former Illinois paramedic has been indicted in a federal identity theft and fraud case for allegedly altering patient records in order to steal narcotics from a local hospital, Data Breach Today reports. Jason Laut had system administrator privileges at Memorial Hospital, where he had the ability to edit or alter data entered into patient care reports. The indictment states Laut, "utilizing his administrator access, would ... alter PCR reports for ambulance runs to indicate that controlled substances, specifically Fentanyl and Morphine, were dispensed when in fact they were not dispensed, wasted or utilized." The case is an important reminder for companies to pay attention to malicious insiders. "The focus on cybersecurity is good news and bad news," said Wiley Rein Partner Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US. The increased attention paid to cyberattacks involving hackers is important, Nahra said, "but in some cases that's been a distraction from the ongoing threat of insiders."
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