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Virus Potentially Compromises Patient Files

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March 19, 2010

Alberta's privacy commissioner has launched an investigation after thousands of patient files at a northeast medical clinic were potentially compromised, the Calgary Sun reports. Two viruses infected one of the University of Calgary Sunridge Medical Clinic's computers, which contained medical legal reports and billing data, and potentially contained test results and specialist consultation forms. The clinic has notified more than 4,700 patients about the breach. "It seems the bad guys are always two steps ahead in terms of technology," said Wayne Wood, spokesman for the commissioner, adding that the investigation will take at least a month to complete.
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