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Utah Health USB Stick Lost; Breach Costs Processor $94 Million

DATA LOSS—U.S.

January 17, 2013

Utah’s Department of Health is sending notifications to individuals potentially affected by a recent data breach, Associated Press reports. The breach occurred when the employee of a contracted third-party data processor saved data on about 6,000 Utah Medicaid recipients to an unencrypted USB stick and lost it in transit. The information did not include Social Security numbers or financial data. The breach comes less than a year after hackers breached Utah Department of Health data on 780,000 individuals. Meanwhile, Global Payments, Inc., the payments processor that experienced a data breach affecting 1.5 million payment cards in North America last April, has said expenses associated with the breach totalled $93.9 million.
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