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Dorn VA warns patients of possible security breach
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:48:39 -0400

http://www.wistv.com/story/21892927/dor-va-warns-patients-of-possible-secruity-breach

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Officials at William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA are warning patients about
a possible security breach involving patient information.

The Department of Veterans Affairs sent letters to patients this week
after a laptop computer was stolen from the Dorn Respiratory Therapy
department in February.  The VA Medical Center says the personal
information of 7405 veterans who received testing on the device the
computer was connected to were stored in the laptop.

The letter says that personal information included names, birth dates
and partial Social Security numbers.

A criminal investigation is underway.  Since the laptop was stolen,
Dorn officials say all laptops connected to medical devices have been
protected. The stolen laptop has not been recovered.

VA officials say there is no indication the patient information has
been misused.

The VA is offering one year of free credit monitoring through Equifax
Credit Watch, according to the letter. It also recommends those
affected place a fraud alert on their consumer credit reports through
the three credit reporting companies of Equifax, Experian or
TransUnion.

"Any time a Veteran's personal information may be compromised, we take
the matter very seriously," said Rebecca Wiley, the Medical Center
Director. "We are reaching out to each Veteran who may have been
impacted."

Veterans who have questions can call (803) 776-4000 ext. 7692 and
speak with Lisa Boxton, the Dorn VA Privacy Officer.
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