Featured Articles

Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

We broke the news of Nvidia's ambitious gaming tablet plans back in May and now the Shield tablet got a bit…

More...
Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia has announced its first Android tablet and when we say Nokia, we don’t mean Microsoft. The Nokia N1 was designed…

More...
Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell is better known for its storage controllers, but the company doesn’t want to give up on the smartphone and…

More...
TSMC 16nm FinFET Plus in risk production

TSMC 16nm FinFET Plus in risk production

TSMC’s next generation 16nm process has reached an important milestone – 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) is now in risk production.

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 25 April 2008 07:28

University of Miami Medical School data heisted

Written by David Stellmack

Image

2 million patient records stolen

Six data backup tapes containing confidential patient data from the University of Miami Miller Medical School were stolen when a vehicle that contained the tapes was broken into and the transport case they were inside was heisted from the vehicle. 

University of Miami officials last week acknowledged that the tapes from its medical school that contained more than 2 million patient medical records were stolen from a van that was transporting the data to an off-site facility.

The transport company, Archive America, for some reason did not immediately notify the University, but waited 48 hours before it informed the University about the break-in and data theft. The University then waited almost another month before it posted an alert that publicly reported the theft.

The stolen backup tapes contain the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and health information for all patients seen at University Medical facilities since January 1, 1999, and financial data from about 47,000 patients may also be on the stolen backup tapes.

When the University learned of the data theft it contacted local computer forensics companies to see if data on a similar set of backup tapes could be accessed. The University reports that security experts at the forensics company tried for data to decode similar data but were unable because of encoding tools and proprietary compression used to write the data to the storage tapes.

While the University has reported that it has notified all patients whose data is at risk, it issued a statement that the theft was likely a random vehicle break-in and that the person(s) who took the backup tapes have no idea what is on the tapes nor any idea how to extract the information.

The University has since stopped transporting its backup data offsite.

Last modified on Friday, 25 April 2008 08:59

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments