BY SUSAN JENKS
August 15, 2008
Hackers penetrated Wuesthoff Health System's pre-registration Web site
earlier this week, gaining access to personal information on 500
patients, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
Wuestoff officials said there were six outside "hits" Tuesday and
Wednesday to its live Web site, where patients registered ahead of time
for surgery, lab work and other services the Rockledge-based healthcare
system provides. The site was immediately shut down.
There were no physician charts or direct medical records on the site,
said Lisa Crites, Wuesthoff's associate director for media strategy, but
indirect medical information could be implied, based on an upcoming
Phone calls to all 500 patients were made Thursday as Wuesthoff began
tracking down the source or sources of the outside intrusion, which was
identified late in the day.
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