Data breach at Atascadero State Hospital more serious than originally thought

Malea Martin reports:

A data breach at Atascadero State Hospital appears to be more severe than state officials initially thought, as the investigation into what happened remains ongoing.

On March 18, the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) announced that an employee with access to Atascadero State Hospital data servers improperly obtained more than 1,400 patient and former patient names, more than 600 employee names, as well as COVID-19 test results and health information related to COVID-19 tracking. On April 5, the department announced that additional data was accessed in the same breach, including Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and employment-related health information for more than 1,700 employees and former employees, plus more than 1,200 job applicants.

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