[ISN] Hacker accesses 344,000 UF dental patient records

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 04:21:44 -0600 (CST)

By Nathan Crabbe
Staff Writer
November 12, 2008

An unauthorized intruder accessed a University of Florida College of 
Dentistry computer server containing personal information of more than 
344,000 current and former dental patients, UF announced Wednesday.

The information included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security 
numbers and dental procedure information for patients dating back to 
1990. The breach was discovered Oct. 3, when college staff members were 
upgrading the server and found software had been remotely installed on 
it, according to the university.

While UF officials have no evidence the intruder used the information 
for fraudulent purposes, letters were mailed to 336,234 people who had 
information on the system to alert them. The university lacked mailing 
addresses for nearly 8,250 additional patients with data on the server 
and is seeking help in locating them. A hotline, 866-783-5883, has been 
established for patient inquiries.


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