By Nathan Crabbe
November 12, 2008
An unauthorized intruder accessed a University of Florida College of
Dentistry computer server containing personal information of more than
344,000 current and former dental patients, UF announced Wednesday.
The information included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security
numbers and dental procedure information for patients dating back to
1990. The breach was discovered Oct. 3, when college staff members were
upgrading the server and found software had been remotely installed on
it, according to the university.
While UF officials have no evidence the intruder used the information
for fraudulent purposes, letters were mailed to 336,234 people who had
information on the system to alert them. The university lacked mailing
addresses for nearly 8,250 additional patients with data on the server
and is seeking help in locating them. A hotline, 866-783-5883, has been
established for patient inquiries.
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