A data breach in the neurology department of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) exposed private data, including genetic information, on 9,900 people participating in research programs, the hospital said, placing the blame on an “unauthorized third party” who gained access between June 10 and June 16.

The hospital was quick to point out that the research data did not include any study participant’s Social Security Number, insurance information, or any financial information” or involve its medical records system. But according to Dan Tuchler, CMO at SecurityFirst, the breach is still “troubling.”

“Medical information, including medical history, diagnoses and even genetic information, have been compromised,” said Tuchler. “We don’t have much experience yet in what kind of lasting damage can be caused with this very personal info, but this is surely going to grow in the future.”

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