Breach, Data Security

Sensitive thumb drive missing from New Jersey hospital

A thumb drive containing the personal data of current and former graduate medical education residents and fellows at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. has gone missing.

How many victims? Unspecified.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Details: The thumb drive went missing on July 8. No employee or patient information is believed to have been compromised.

What was the response? Affected individuals have been notified. Additionally, the hospital reported the incident to state and local police, who are investigating the incident. The hospital also is conducting an investigation and has initiated a plan to protect any personnel who could be affected by the breach. 

Quote: "Cooper University Hospital is investigating the circumstances surrounding a missing thumb drive," the hospital said in a statement.

Source:, 6 ABC Action News, “Potential security breach at Cooper Univ. Hospital,” July 28, 2010.

Get daily email updates

SC Media's daily must-read of the most current and pressing daily news

By clicking the Subscribe button below, you agree to SC Media Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.