Boston University suffers hacking incident

September 1st, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

Affected information includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, medical record numbers, and dates relating to the research. The data related to personal information was immediately removed from the server.

Three affected individuals were listed as having Maryland addresses. The individuals had participated in a research study for Edward Bernstein, MD. The university is taking steps to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. It is also notifying the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections.

According to the reports, it was determined after a month-long investigation that a third-party had infiltrated the server and then installed a hacking toolkit.

“At this time, Boston University does not have any knowledge that your information has been used for any unauthorized purpose,” stated a copy of the data breach notification letter sent to potentially affected individuals. “Therefore, this letter is not a notice that you are a victim of identity theft; it is a notice that there may have been unauthorized access to your information, not necessarily that it was accessed or has been used. Nevertheless, we are notifying you in accordance with applicable laws, as required by the IRB in accordance with federal law, and in an abundance of caution.”

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