Hotline for UCSD patients swamped

Hotline for UCSD patients swamped
Hotline for UCSD patients swamped

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By David Hasemyer
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
July 17, 2009

LA JOLLA =E2=80=94 The hotline established by UCSD's Moores Cancer Center after 
a hacker breached the center's computers and gained access to 
patients'personal information has been swamped with hundreds of calls 
from worried patients.

Their primary concern has been whether their Social Security numbers 
were among the information stolen by whomever obtained the electronic 
files of 30,000 patients, according to DeAnn Marshall, UCSD Health 
Sciences chief of marketing and communications officer.

She said hospital officials have determined that just 36 of the files 
contained Social Security numbers.

A letter was sent to all of the patients earlier this month telling them 
that the center's computer network was =E2=80=9Cillegally accessed=E2=80=9D twice by 
overseas hackers and that some personal information may have been 

The Internet assault on the hospital's computer records has sparked an 
investigation to determine the identity of the hackers and prompted 
hospital officials to begin a review of security measures to find any 
weakness and, if necessary, take additional precautions, Marshall said.


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