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Patients question UW Medicine's handling of computer hack
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 06:08:35 +0000 (UTC)


By Matt Markovich
Dec 3, 2013

SEATTLE -- Ninety thousand UW Medicine patients are being notified via letter of a data security breach that potentially involves their personal information.

But some patients, such as Karen Hauger, are questioning why they're not being offered "credit monitoring" like other victims.

Susan Phillips got a similar letter last week, but her notice included an offer to pay for a year of fraud-protection services, which she gladly accepted.

Both letters explain how UW Medicine became aware in October of a intrusion into their computer systems. Officials believe a UW employee opened up an attachment loaded with malware on their computer.

The malware then started pilfering personal information on a database used by UW Medicine and sent the information outside of the network.


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