Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hackers Compromise 160,000 Student Healthcare Records

The University of California at Berkeley Friday disclosed that hackers broke into restricted computer databases in the campus health-services center, as the university began notifying current and former Berkeley students their personal information may have been taken.
The attackers may have taken information related to health-insurance coverage and certain medical information as well as the University Health Services (UHS) medical-record number, dates of visits or names of healthcare providers seen, as well as information such as Social Security Number, according to the statement released by UC Berkeley.

About 160,000 individuals are believed to be impacted, including about 3,400 Mills College students whose medical care is tied to health care at Berkeley. Social Security Numbers are used as unique identifiers for students enrolled in the campus Student Health Insurance Plans, the university says.