UCLA Medical patient data stolen

An external hard drive containing medical information for 16,288 UCLA Medical patients was stolen. "Though the hard drive was encrypted, a piece of paper with the password was...

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The Bad News

An external hard drive stolen from the home of a family practice physician during a September 6 burglary contained medical information for some 16,288 patients.

The Not So Good News

“Though the hard drive was encrypted, a piece of paper with the password was nearby and is also missing.

See more details here:

LA Times – UCLA medical officials say patient information data stolen

Summary

The best encryption algorithm in the world won’t protect you if you’re going to paste the password on the front of the computer! There are better ways to manage your passwords. See this article on password management if you have any questions.

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