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Montfort Hospital Suffers Security Breach
From: Erica Absetz <eabsetz () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:00:26 -0500


Canada's Montfort Hospital recently announced that that an unencrypted
USB drive containing more than 25,000 patients' health information was
recently lost. The drive contained patients' names, summary data on
the type of service provided, the date of service, and the health
service provider code.

"Philippe Marleau, Montfort’s vice-president of quality and
organization performance, said Friday that the employee lost the USB
key somewhere between the hospital and home and initially tried to
find the key herself," writes The Ottawa Citizen's Chris Cobb. "When
she couldn’t find it, she called her supervisors to report it missing.
... The employee has now been 're-sensitized' to security issues and
is back at work, he added, but she wasn’t suspended or otherwise

"The employee had extra work she wanted to do over the weekend, but I
have to emphasize this was not part of our policy," Marleau told The
Citizen. "She was not authorized to do that. She decided to use a
personal USB key that was not encrypted and it was lost between the
hospital and her arriving home. We decided there was no malice,
hacking or other illegal activity involved."

"Moving forward, the hospital will ensure that any information that
needs to be downloaded will be stored on secure, password encrypted
USB keys," CBC News reports.

For more information on the breach, affected patients are advised to
call the hospital at (613) 746-4621 x2999.
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