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‘Winners and Losers’: 90,000 patients affected by UW Medicine security breach

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SEATTLE — UW Medicine officials are alerting roughly 90,000 patients that their personal data was compromised in an October security breach.

Early last month, a UW Medicine employee opened an email attachment that contained malicious software. The malware took control of the computer, which happened to be storing personal information from approximately 90,000 UW Medicine and Harborview Medical Center patients, according to a UW Medicine news release.

The compromised patient data included names, phone numbers, addresses, medical record numbers and Social Security numbers, among other information.

UW Medicine is now reaching out to the affected patients and has also set up a call center to work with victims.

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