Wednesday, September 30, 2009

University data breach exposes 163,000 women to identity theft

A hacker attack on a UNC server exposed 236,000 women’s information related to a medical research study, including 163,000 Social Security numbers.

The exposure was detected in late July, and the program has been working to inform the women that their information was exposed and determine how to prevent similar breaches in the future.

While the University hired a private computing expert to investigate the incident, it has not been able to identify the source of the attack or exactly what happened.

“We couldn’t tell that anything was actually taken,” said Karen McCall, vice president of public affairs and marketing for UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine. “But we can’t be sure.”

Miaoulis NOTE: Since this breach occured prior to September 23, 2009, the HITECH Breach Notification Laws do not apply, however state law applies.

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