Hackers may have breached a US health department

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Hackers may have breached The Health and Human Services Department, which found something amiss back on September 20, AP said on Friday. There’s good news and bad news.

We’ll start with the bad news, you cynic. It’s possible that private information — including social security numbers, birth dates and names — belonging to doctors and nurses was compromised in the attack.

“Based on our investigation, affected individuals are those served by this website-based system: current, retired and former Commissioned Corps officers and their dependents,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said in an email.

As many as 6,700 people are affected by the possible breach. The word “possible” is key and bring us to the good news. The HHS isn’t positive that someone broke in or that data was obtained, only that there was “something amiss with the system” on September 20.

Source: AP

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