Loma Linda offers help after desktops stolen in June

Darrell R. Santschi reports:

Loma Linda University’s dental school has hired a credit monitoring and repair firm to help potential identity theft victims. Kroll Inc. will offer assistance to any of the 10,100 patients whose personal information was contained in three desktop computers stolen from the school the weekend of June 12, university spokesman Dustin Jones said.

Patient treatment records were not stored on the computers, he said, but they did contain names, social security numbers, dates of birth and other health and personal information. Two people were arrested in connection with the case last month.

Jones said computer memory had been erased by the thieves, who he said were unable to crack password firewalls. He said the university has not yet heard any reports of identity theft.

Source: Press-Enterprise, via ESI.

This appears to be Loma Linda’s second breach in recent months. In April, the medical center reported that a desktop stolen from the surgical administrative office contained PHI on 584 patients.

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