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UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION RELATED TO CREDIT CARD FRAUDS AFFECTING THE OPTOMETRIC COMMUNITY (8/25/2016)


As we first reported on August 4, the NBEO has retained a law firm, which with the assistance of a nationally-known cybersecurity firm, is investigating whether the security of NBEO databases containing the personal identifiers of numerous members of the optometric community has been breached. We initiated this intensive response within 48 hours of receiving reports from numerous optometrists and optometry students that they had been the victims of identity thefts in which fraudulent applications for Chase credit cards, particularly Visa cards co-marketed with Amazon.com, had been submitted under the victims’ names.

The internal review that NBEO has commissioned is necessarily painstaking. Cyber-attackers today rely on sophisticated means that can render intrusions indistinguishable from ordinary and secure network operations. While cybersecurity experts on occasion are able within mere days to confirm an intrusion, often -- and as is the case here – more evidence and analysis is necessary before a determination may become feasible. The investigators have already collected and analyzed large volumes of NBEO’s data. Analysis to date, however, does not establish whether an intrusion in fact occurred. Collection and technical analysis is therefore continuing, involving still more data, both current and retrospective.

We are not the only organization that maintains records containing the personal identifiers of individual victims of the fraudulent scheme. Moreover, we are a not-for profit testing organization that supports the missions of state licensing boards by developing and administering standardized examinations, funded solely by testing fees. It is therefore especially important that NBEO not assume or speculate that its data security was breached. Rather, in seeking to determine if a breach within NBEO occurred, we must be guided by hard evidence. Our best source of such evidence is the continuing internal inquiry.

Depending on what that inquiry reveals and when, it could take a number of additional weeks to complete. If at any juncture, however, the inquiry establishes that NBEO’s systems were breached, we will promptly notify affected parties as the law requires and undertake other security measures as appropriate.

We share with the entire optometric community frustration at the uncertainty and alarm that the perpetrators have spread though their crimes. We urge you all to remain vigilant, taking the steps that we and other organizations have previously emphasized (see, for example, NBEO’s 8/4/16 Notice below): establishing fraud alerts or freezes, periodically inquiring of Amazon Chase whether fraudulent applications have been made in your name and regularly checking your credit history.

The NBEO will continue to provide updates as this matter develops.




URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NBEO (Revision Posted 8/4/2016)


The NBEO is aware of recent reports that the personal information of some optometry students and optometrists was used without authorization in fraudulent applications for Chase credit cards, including Chase Amazon Rewards cards. These reports indicate that people received cards by mail even though they did not order them, while others were notified of applications for or issuance of cards that they did not order.

We are also aware of speculation in social media and elsewhere that the perpetrators stole the personal identifiers in question by hacking databases maintained by the NBEO or by other organizations supporting the optometry profession.

The NBEO is very much concerned. We take extremely seriously the importance of safeguarding the information that we maintain concerning candidates to whom we administer examinations. We seek to provide security that resists the increasingly sophisticated techniques that cyber-attackers deploy worldwide.

In light of the recent frauds, the NBEO has decided further to investigate whether personal data was stolen from our information systems to support the perpetrators’ fraud on individuals and Chase. With the assistance of counsel and a nationally-known cybersecurity firm, the NBEO will evaluate whether, and if so how and to what extent, our systems were compromised in connection with the fraud and in any event, to plan further safeguards. We, along with others in the optometric community, have also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The NBEO will provide updates on this site as our internal inquiry progresses.

In the meantime, we encourage optometrists and current optometry students to consider contacting Chase at 888-247-4080, 877-470-9042 or https://www.chase.com/credit-cards/customer-service to inquire if card applications were falsely submitted in their names. The same potentially affected parties should also consider obtaining and reviewing their current credit reports for unauthorized card applications (see https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action) and also, to prevent new accounts from being opened in their names, initiating fraud alerts with the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion).
(See https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert.).


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Part I ABS going to a Computer-Based Test (CBT)


The Part I ABS Examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) beginning March 2017. The March 2017 Part I ABS exam will be administered on four days, allowing candidates to choose the date that is most convenient. Examination dates will be March 21 or 22 or 23 or 24, 2017. Candidates will test on a single day, not four separate days. More information can be found in our Spring 2016 issue of TestPoints by clicking here.


GRADUATING STUDENTS: Upon verification of graduation from the attending school/college and passage of all required Parts, the National Board will release a free cumulative score report to you and the state boards you selected during your registration process. The scores are released to the State Board(s) electronically in order for the information to be retrieved. When contacting a state board, please have your OE Tracker number available. You may review and/or update your release selection by reviewing your profile.

Everyone associated with the National Board extends their best wishes for your success on the National Board examinations and in your practice of optometry. If you have any questions regarding the examinations or their requirements, please feel free to contact the National Board.

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