Published on June 3rd, 2008 📆 | 5863 Views ⚑0
Data Breach at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
PlusData Breach at Walter Reed Army Medical CenterData Breach at Walter Reed Army Medical CenterThe Associated PressSensitive information on about 1,000 patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals was exposed in a security breach, sparking identity theft concerns and an investigation by the Army. (June 3)Sensitive information about patients at the one of the nation’s best-known military hospitals made it’s way to a non-governmental, non-secure computer network. The government says names, social security numbers, birthdates and other information on a thousand patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other hospitals somehow got out.(SOT: BRITTANY MCDANIELS/WALTER REED EMPLOYEE) IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME, IT’S PRETTY COMMON NOW, BUT BEING THAT THIS IS MILITARY, THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.The hospital won’t say how the information was breached. Officials will only say that a data mining company came across the information and contacted Walter Reed. The breach has raised fears that the information could be used to steal identities.(SOT: KEVIN BROWN/WALTER REED EMPLOYEE)A LOT OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN WITH IDENTIFY THEFT YOU KNOW CREDIT CAN BE RUINED.Walter Reed is sending letters and emails to people whose information got out. The hospital says no medical records were compromised. This is, at least, the fifth breach of data from government sources in recent years.Walter Reed has set up a hotline for people to see if their information was disclosed. The number is 1-877-854-8542, extension nine. ___ ___, The Associated Press.