Los Angeles County Medical Patients' Personal Data Stolen From Contractor

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    A break-in at a Los Angeles County contractor's office last month has resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to more than 168,000 county medical patients. County officials believe social security numbers and billing information were among the data stolen in the security breach. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Published Thursday, Mar 6, 2014)

    Up to 168,500 patients may have had their data stolen after a break-in at a Los Angeles County medical contractor’s office last month, police said on Thursday.

    Eight computers and two monitors were stolen during the Feb. 5 break-in at the Torrance office of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, said Sgt. Robert Watt, of the Torrance Police Department.

    Police are working with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the United States Secret Service to find the source of the breach.

    The office handles billing and collections for the county’s Department of Health Services.

    Information on the computers included patients’ names, medical and billing information and Social Security numbers, police said.

    The county was notified of the breach on Feb. 10, and it was unclear how many patients were affected by the break-in.

    A toll free line will be available beginning Friday for any customers wanting to find out if they have been affected. The number is (877) 868-9284, according to the report. 

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