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Medical Breach Affects 182,000

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 9, 2012

Utah health officials said the hackers that accessed state computers have compromised approximately 182,000 beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, The Washington Post reports. Among those affected, hackers may have accessed as many as 25,000 individuals' Social Security numbers. The Utah Department of Health is alerting those affected and offering one year of free credit monitoring. Meanwhile, a Massachusetts-based medical center is notifying 6,831 patients that that their financial information--including credit card numbers and security codes--has been compromised when documents containing the data were improperly disposed. The Recorder reports that health data breaches are becoming fertile ground for class-action lawsuits. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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