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St. Mary’s hospital database breach exposes 128,000

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The personal information of thousands of clients and patients of St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. was potentially compromised when a database was illegally accessed.

How many victims? About 128,000.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses and some health information and Social Security numbers.

Details: The breach, discovered April 28, resulted in the immediate shutdown of the database. Notifications, done by letter, were delayed because the database had to be rebuilt. There have been no reports of fraud as a result of the compromise.

What was the response? The hospital is offering one year of free credit monitoring to those patients whose Social Security numbers were stored in the database. 

Quote:"Our first concern is for the continued privacy and well-being of our patients and customers." -Mike Uboldi, president and chief executive officer, in a news release.

Source: rgj.com, Reno Gazette-Journal, "St. Mary's warns of possible data leak," July 24.

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