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Malware Infects UMass Health Services System

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 11, 2011

A malware program infected a University of Massachusetts Amherst Health Services workstation from June through October of last year, possibly exposing personal data of some of its patients. The workstation contained patients' names, health insurance company names, medical record numbers and information on prescriptions dispensed from January 2 to November 17 of 2009, reports Becker's Hospital Review. The university's IT office found no evidence that any data had been copied from the workstation. UMass Amherst officials are notifying those affected and are working to improve the security of personal information by installing malware detection software, identifying files in all departments that contain personal data and increasing training for employees.
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