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Texas Hospital Discloses Huge Breach
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:59:20 +0000 (UTC)
By David F Carr
St. Joseph Health System has confirmed a security breach affecting the
records of up to 405,000 past and current patients, as well as employees
and employees' beneficiaries.
St. Joseph says it believed the attack occurred between Dec. 16 and 18,
when one of its computer servers was hacked, and that the exposure ended
on the 18th when the attack was discovered and the server was shut down.
The health system hired national security and computer forensic experts to
investigate. The ongoing investigation suggests the attackers may have
gained access to records including names, Social Security numbers, dates
of birth, and possibly addresses, as well as the medical information of
patients and bank account data for employees.
If substantiated, this would be one of the largest healthcare data
breaches ever reported, and the largest by an individual health system.
The largest, according to US Department of Health and Human Services data,
involved 780,000 records in a 2012 incident at the Utah Department of
Health and 475,000 records in a 2008 report from the Puerto Rico
Department of Health. Since both of these are government agencies, the St.
Joseph breach could potentially have the biggest loss of patient data
reported by an individual hospital.
So far, the damage done is a matter of speculation.
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