Hospital hack exposes more than 2,000 patient records

July 19, 2011 by MassDevice staff

An unguarded Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center computer is hacked by a computer virus that gets away with more than 2,000 patient records before being shut down by hospital staff.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to make up for the exposure of more than 2,000 patients' personal information that was hacked from a hospital computer.

The hospital told reporters that a computer repair vendor, who remains unnamed, failed to restore the computer's security settings after servicing the machine. The computer was later found to have contracted a virus that snagged patient files and sent them to an unknown recipient.

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