Computers Stolen, Possible ID Breach at UCSF

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014  |  Updated 8:04 AM PDT
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UCSF is warning patients about a possible data breach at one of its medical offices. Christie Smith reports.

UCSF is warning patients about a possible data breach at one of its medical offices. Christie Smith reports.

About 10,000 people have been sent letters from the University of California at San Francisco after one its campuses was burglarized and computers were stolen containing personal health and ID information.

In a statement sent to the media on Wednesday, UCSF said the computers were broken into on Jan. 11 at the CSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore.

A campus technical analysis revealed that the computers contained some people's names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers, and driver’s license numbers.  Social Security numbers were also involved for 125 people.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Fernandez said there is no evidence that anyone tried to use the information on the desktop computers, but the campus is " responding with the highest level of caution and concern."

Fernandez said notification letters were sent to the 9,986 people whose information was contained on the computers.

In addition, UCSF notified the California Department of Public Health, the California Attorney General, and federal authorities about the possible breach. Also, a special phone line was set up to provide information and assistance to anyone who received the notification letters at 1-888-236-0299 (for international callers, please dial 1-503-597-7687). Credit monitoring is being offered to some individuals whose Social Security numbers were involved.
 

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