Victims double in LA County medical data breach

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Updated: 4/03 11:40 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of patients identified in a medical data breach after a computer theft from a Southern California office has more than doubled.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that more than 170,000 new patients have been identified whose Social Security numbers and other personal information was compromised in a February theft from the Torrance office of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions.

That brings the number of patients affected to more than 338,000.

Los Angeles County officials say computer equipment containing the records was stolen last month. The company provides billing services to the county Department of Health Services.

The computers contained names, Social Security numbers, billing data and possibly birthdates, addresses and diagnoses of patients at county medical facilities.

The district attorney's office and Torrance police are investigating the break-in.

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