Stolen Computers, Hard Drives Expose Texas Patients' Personal Data

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The Herald Democrat reports that staff members of the office of Dr. Joseph M. Benson of Sherman, Texas, discovered on January 5, 2014 that the office had been broken into and that computers and hard drives had been stolen (h/t HealthITSecurity).

The stolen computers and hard drives, the office said, could have exposed an undisclosed number of patients' names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and health insurance provider policy numbers.

The office has notified the police, and is currently in the process of upgrading its security system.

All those affected are being advised to review their credit files and health insurance benefit statements for suspicious activity.

"We suspect that it might be possible for the persons who stole the equipment to attempt to use the information contained therein for the purposes of committing health insurance fraud," the office said in a statement.

Patients with questions are advised to contact (903) 893-5508.

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