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Barry University notifies patients of May data breach

By Nicole Freeman

- Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute patients are being notified of data breach after a school laptop was infected with malware in May, according to the Miami Herald.

The university hired a computer forensic company to remove the malware and investigate the extent of the breach. While affected files have been restored, the university has not been able to determine if patient information was acquired by an unauthorized party as a result of the malware.

The at-risk information includes patient names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, health insurance information, diagnoses, treatment information, driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers, credit and/or debit card numbers, and Social Security numbers. Affected patients are being offered a free year of credit monitoring services.

It is unclear as to why it took the university seven months to notify patients of the incident. The school has not released the number of patients affected by the breach, but noted that there had been no reports of information misuse. The university has since worked to secure its computer system.

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