Sherman, Texas doctor notifying patients after office burglars nabbed computers and hard drives

Ann Smajstrla of The Herald Democrat reports that Dr. J. M. Benson, whose practice is in Sherman Texas, has been notifying patients of a breach that occurred at the beginning of the year.

Office staff noticed on Jan. 5 that the office had been broken into, and that computers and one or more hard drives were stolen, the office said in a written statement. As a result, personal information of patients including names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and health insurance provider policy numbers could have been compromised. Benson immediately reported the incident to police, and the investigation is ongoing.

Read more on The Herald Democrat. I cannot find any web site for the doctor or additional information at this time. And since there’s nothing in the media report to suggest the data were encrypted,  I am wondering why the doctor seemingly had “computers and one or more hard drives” without encryption. 


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