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Canadian officials probe HIV records data breach

Canadian officials are investigating a medical computer hack of patients' HIV and hepatitis status.

Officials in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador are investigating a web security breach after a desktop was taken from an office to be used in a consultant's home, reports CBC News in Canada.

The data leaked include test results for diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, along with patient names and health numbers.

Health minister Ross Wiseman said a computer was taken to the home of a consultant working for the Provincial Public Health Laboratory, something Wiseman said should never have happened.

"That was an inappropriate use. Obviously individual computers that are available for work are there for the workplace only," Wiseman told CBC News.

The hack was discovered after someone claiming to be a computer security specialist from outside the province called the consultant to say they were able to access the data, CBC News said.





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