Monday, October 19, 2009

Women's medical records hacked

Scores of local women have been warned that their credit might be at risk after a computer system being used for a breast cancer study was hacked at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The Carolina Mammography Registry in Chapel Hill recently informed the women that a computer security breach in 2007 might have exposed personal information they did not know was sent to the registry.

“It was disturbing, to say the least, to learn that so much of your personal information had been shared without your consent,” Rocky Mount City Clerk Jean Bailey said. She is not alone.

As many as 160,000 patient files from women across the state might have been exposed, including 114,000 Social Security numbers, according to the university.

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