By Tim Wilson
May 13, 2009
An employee at Johns Hopkins Hospital may have leaked the personal
information of more than 10,000 patients in an identity fraud scam.
According to a report filed to the administrator of the state of
Maryland's Identity Theft Program  (PDF), some 31 individuals with
connections to Johns Hopkins have reported identity thefts since Jan.
20. Law enforcement agencies suspect the thefts might be part of a
fraudulent driver's license scheme discovered in neighboring
In researching the thefts, members of the Johns Hopkins security
department discovered that a single employee who worked in patient
registration may have used her access privileges to review data on more
than 10,000 patients while working at the hospital. The now-former
employee is expected to be indicted for stealing the data, the report
The hospital emphasizes that the breach was not a hacking incident, but
that the employee had access to the records as part of her job.
Johns Hopkins is offering credit monitoring and fraud resolution
services, as well as $30,000 in identity theft reimbursements, to the 31
victims, as well as to any of the 526 Virginia residents in the database
who report fraud. It also is notifying the other 10,000 patients whose
records were in the database.
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