published Friday, January 10th, 2014

South Georgia hospital system probing data breach

ALBANY, Ga. — Executives of a south Georgia hospital system are notifying thousands of patients that their personal information may have been compromised.

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing the information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in early November.

WALB-TV reported Thursday that hospital officials say the computer may have held patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth, dates of service and social security numbers.

In a statement, hospital officials say they've hired an expert computer forensics company to investigate, and patients treated between May 2010 and October 2013 may have been affected.

Officials have not found the missing computer, and the hospital is offering a year of credit monitoring service to all affected patients.

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