Breach, Data Security

California dentist announces theft of server containing patient information

The office of a dentist in California, Cathrine Steinborn, was burglarized and a server containing patient and responsible party information – including Social Security numbers – was stolen.

How many victims? Undisclosed.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, dental and/or medical insurance information, health background information, treatment information, and billing information.

What happened? The office of Cathrine Steinborn, a California dentist, was burglarized and a server containing the personal information was stolen.

What was the response? The burglary was reported to the police, and an investigation is ongoing. The office has increased physical security and surveillance on premises. The office has encrypted patient and responsible party information, and enhanced physical security of the server on which the information is stored. All impacted individuals are being notified, and offered a free year of credit monitoring and identity restoration services.

Details: The office was burglarized on Jan. 5. Steinborn is unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of the information stored on the server. The server did not contain bank account, driver's license or credit and debit card information.

Source:, “California Dentist Provides Public Notice of Data Security Incident,” Feb. 20, 2015.

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