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Florida hospital system suffers data breach, including medical information

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A Florida-based hospital system revealed on Saturday it suffered a data breach that included the personal and medical information of patients and staff.

In a statement, Broward Health said hackers gained access to its network on Oct. 15 through a third-party medical provider that had access to its system. 

Broward Health detected the intrusion four days later and notified the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

The hacker accessed names, birthdays, addresses, banking information, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, patient histories, and treatment and diagnosis records, among other information.

“This personal information was exfiltrated (removed from Broward Health’s systems), however, there is no evidence the information was actually misused,” the hospital system said in a statement. 

The DOJ also asked the hospital to not make the data breach public right away “to ensure that the notification does not compromise the ongoing law enforcement investigation,” Broward Health said. 

Broward Health operates more than 30 health care locations in the Broward County area in southeast Florida. 

The Hill has reached out to Broward Health for more information.

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