Private medical data of 6,600 Texans was exposed on Internet for up to 8 years

J. David McSwane reports:

Confidential medical records of more than 6,600 Medicaid patients in Texas were unintentionally made public for up to 8 years via the Internet by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

The agency, which is charged with assisting some of the state’s most vulnerable people, became aware of the breach in late April, at which point the data was taken down, said department spokeswoman Cecilia Cavuto.

The released information included medical diagnoses, treatment information, Social Security numbers and personal identifying information such as names and addresses. Officials launched an investigation, which is ongoing.

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