HHS Online Data Breach List Thrives

Wed, May 19, 2010

Breaking News

Many reported cases involve electronic systems, but paper records are still a security threat.

Theft, loss, unauthorized access, or hacking. Whatever the breach is, HHS encourages people to turn to their computers and report it online. HHS then reports the specifics of breaches of security that affect 500 or more individuals. Presently,  64 cases are posted online, which allegedly affected about 1.2 million individuals.

The web page was set up in February, with the latest list updated in April. Read on to find out the most popular items breached.

Of the 64 reported breaches:

  • seven involved laptops
  • twelve involved paper records
  • eleven involved desktop computers
  • eight involved either hard drives or network servers
  • seven involved portable electronic devices

The rest were unclassified — isolated events that didn’t fit into another category. Theft was the most commonly reported breach, at 44 cases.

Practices and other health care entities must notify…

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