Health information of 3,000 people may have been released in SLU security breach

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 5:58 PM

(KMOV) – Saint Louis University officials say someone may have accessed protected health information of thousands of people after a possible security breach in early August.

According to school officials, some SLU employees gave out their account information in response to a sophisticated phishing email scam they received on July 25. An investigation revealed someone got unauthorized access to about 20 SLU email accounts containing health information of about 3,000 people.

The email accounts also contained about 200 Social Security numbers.

“At this time, all evidence suggests that the main target of this scam was the financial information of University employees who received the phishing email,” the school said in a statement released Monday. “A number of colleges and universities have been targeted with similar schemes in recent months.”

No unauthorized financial transactions occurred, the school said.

SLU officials said they have provided those affected with one year of free continuous credit monitoring and identity theft protection and restoration.

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