Thousands Of Patients At Risk Of ID Theft Following Genentech Breach

Threatpost, By by Christopher Brook, October 13, 2011

Thousands of patients seeking medical treatment may be at risk of identity theft following a breach of systems belonging to the biotech firm Genentech, according to a letter sent to New Hampshire’s Attorney General on behalf of the company late last month. As many as 3,500 patients may have had information leaked in the breach, which occurred on August 17 when an “unauthorized person” might have accessed “a vendor’s computers,” according to Genentech’s Chief Privacy Officer, Robert Glaser. The letter was submitted in keeping with New Hampshire’s data privacy law. Nadine O’Campo, a Genentech spokesperson, confirmed the details of the letter for Threatpost.

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