Unencrypted Flash Drives goes Missing

June 20th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

South Carolina EMS patients may suffer data breach after unencrypted flash drives and hard disk were discovered to be missing from the storage facility. The flash drive contains information which includes names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of patients who rode in an ambulance between 2004 and 2014. Medical details about each call were also included on the back-up drives.

According to the reports, Lancaster County employees found that a safe containing two flash drives and two hard drives were no longer in a storage room in the basement while cleaning out a storage facility.

“Of course, we hate that it happened,” Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis told the news source. “We are taking steps to make sure that doesn’t ever happen again.”

The statement fails to mention number of individuals affected by this incident

but WSOC reported that the country EMS ran approximately 13,000 transports in 2014. The news source concluded that potentially 100,000 records could have been exposed.

“I think it (the safe) was most likely just inadvertently discarded at that time,” Willis added. “We have no reason to believe anyone’s information was compromised.”

Lancaster County mentioned that the drives have not yet been discovered.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause,” read a statement on the Lancaster County website. “To help prevent something like this from happening again, we will be using encrypted devices for storing EMS information.”

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