While ‘In the Process’ of Encrypting, Health Network Computer Theft Exposes Data On 4 Million Patients

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A physician network computer has been stolen in California — as the health network says it was in the process of encrypting their computers. This theft compromised the personal information on more than 4 million patients dating back to 1995.

The Sacramento Bee says a database that includes the names, addresses, email addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and insurance information of 3.3 million patients was compromised. Also stolen was the personal information on another 943,000 patients, including medical record numbers and description of their diagnoses.

The data did not include patient financial records or Social Security numbers.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.