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Some data-breach victims can't be helped

Paul McNamara | March 11, 2013
From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Department: Security experts trying to tell a Pennsylvania hospital that a pile of its sensitive data belonging to staff -- and possibly patients -- was sitting exposed on the Internet were stymied for five days recently by the fact that no one at the medical facility would respond to their repeated warnings.

Eventually, the local reporter managed to make contact with a hospital administrator who told him that they were already aware of the breach and had rectified it earlier.

Even if that's true, Dissent Doe notes: "That doesn't explain why they didn't have the courtesy to respond when they could see that we were trying to alert them."

General incompetence probably explains that part.


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