A theft at the University of California at San Francisco may compromise the personal data of some 10,000 people associated with the institution.
The university has sent letters to those it believes have been affected after one of its campuses fell victim to computer theft. UCSF reported that unencrypted desktop computers were stolen on January 11 from the UCSF Family Medicine Center in Lakeshore, Calif.
A technical analysis conducted by the university revealed that the stolen computers contained names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers and driver’s license numbers. More troubling still, Social Security numbers for 125 people were also on the computers.
In addition to notifying the effected individuals, UCSF has enlisted the aid of the California Department of Public Health, the California Attorney General and federal authorities regarding the breach. As is typically the case with these types of breaches, the University is offering free credit monitoring to those individuals whose Social Security numbers were involved.
The university has also established a phone line to provide information and assistance to those individuals effected by the breach. University officials claim there has not yet been any evidence of the thief trying to use the personal data.