The second reported hospital data breach
in the state of Oregon in about a month recently took place.
The Orgeon Health and Science University Hospital recently suffered a massive breach that was caused by a USB drive stolen from an employee's home during a burglary, according to a report from the healthcare facility
. In all, more than 14,000 patients had information stored on the drive, including 702 children who were screened for their vision. Exposed data included names, dates of birth, phone numbers, addresses, medical record numbers, and other medical details.
Further, information including names, Social Security numbers, addresses and vaccination data for nearly 200 OHSU employees was also exposed, the report said.
"Based on the home burglary investigation, the motive of the thieves appeared to be stealing items, such as jewelry, that could quickly be resold for money," explained Ron Marcum, interim chief corporate integrity officer in the OHSU Integrity Office. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the various problems data breaches
pose and what consumers can do to protect themselves.
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