The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) recently suffered a data breach and almost 10,000 people have been compromised, according to school officials. Several desktop PCs with unencrypted information were stolen from the university's Family Medical Center in January, including personal and health information.
Social Security numbers were exposed for 125 people, with a mix of patient names, birth dates, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers, and driver's license numbers exposed in the breach.
The data theft is now being investigated by the California Department of Public Health, federal authorities, and the California Attorney General, with notification letters and free credit monitoring being offered to some of those exposed.
Security experts strongly urge companies, universities and research groups to encrypt data on PCs, especially if it includes personal or medical information.