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Texas Cancer Database Possibly Hacked

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 2, 2010

The FBI and the Texas Department of State Health Services are looking into whether a hacker broke into the state's confidential cancer registry, reports The Texas Tribune. According to Tom Suehs, health and human services commissioner, the preliminary investigation shows that the personal information contained in the database--names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and medical information--was not stolen, and investigators say it's possible the incident is a hoax. However, Suehs says the incident has exposed security holes and is "an opportunity to elevate our awareness of our responsibility to protect information." Meanwhile, the state's health agencies are asking for federal dollars for a statewide health information network.
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