Another data breach
has taken place at Stanford University Medical Center, this time involving a stolen computer.
The computer in question was taken from the locked office of a Stanford faculty member on either July 15 or 16, and contained the personal information of more than 2,500 patients, according to a report from Palo Alto Weekly
. Further, while the data exposed may have included Social Security numbers, no complete medical records were stored on the device.
However, the computer contains software that alerts hospital administrators when and where it is given an Internet connection, and no such incident has occurred in the three weeks since the theft took place, the report said. Stanford has set up a hotline victims can call with questions.
"The School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital and Clinics are working with law enforcement to recover the stolen computer and to identify the responsible party," said Lisa Lapin, Assistant Vice President of University Communications, according to the newspaper. "We have also further tightened security and are reviewing enhanced security measures." Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about how data breach security can be improved.
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