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Hospital Unknowingly Exposes Patient Data

DATA LOSS—U.S.

June 19, 2012

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has announced that patients' names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, medical information and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed on pages of two medical professional organizations' websites for more than six years, reports the Long Island Press. "The hidden data would not have been visible to individuals viewing the presentation in a routine way. However, a person who accessed the presentation could manipulate the graphs to reveal the private information," a hospital statement said. How many patients were affected, who accessed the unencrypted files or if any copies of them exist is still unknown, states the report. The hospital is notifying affected individuals.
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