Health Information Management

Hackers breach college database

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 18, 2009

Hackers stole approximately 160,000 records of personal information of students and alumni of the University of California-Berkeley, the university announced in a press release May 8.

The university is notifying students, alumni, and others that their personal information may have been stolen after hackers attacked restricted computer databases in the campus's health services center.

The databases included:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Health insurance information
  • Non-treatment medical information, such as immunization records and names of physicians they may have seen for diagnoses or treatment

The computer server breach began in October 2008 and continued through April, the university said. It discovered the breach through messages left by the hackers.

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