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University of California at San Francisco hit with data breach

UCSF officials confirm data breach following PCs being stolen from the campus.

Published Mon, Mar 24 2014 4:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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.

University of California at San Francisco hit with data breach | TweakTown.com

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.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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