Data Breach: 2,000 Patient Files Hacked at Boston Hospital


There has been a data breach at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and its chief information officer has stated he is “grateful no Social Security numbers or financial information were released” but will still provide affected patients with one year of free identity-protection service. A machine at the hospital was found to be infected with a computer virus, which transmitted data files to an unknown location. The Boston Globe says “the computer contained medical record numbers, names, genders, and birth dates of 2,021 patients, as well as the names and dates of radiology procedures they’d undergone.”

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