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West Virginia AG Acts on Medical Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 17, 2011

West Virginia's Attorney General's Office (AG) is assisting the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) in informing patients of a vulnerability on one of its servers. According to TMCnet.com, the vulnerability exposed the names, contact details, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of about 3,655 patients, along with certain basic clinical information about some of them to online searches. CAMC has removed all the data from the Internet, and while the information was accessed 94 times, there have been no instances of identity theft. CAMC is offering those affected free credit monitoring and credit bureau security freezes and has set up a toll-free number to answer questions. The AG's office will be monitoring the situation for possible instances of identity theft.
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