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Cyber-attack jeopardizes private information at LCC Health Clinic

A cyber-attack at the Lane Community College Health Clinic may have shared patient information, including names, dates of birth and social security numbers to a third party. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – If you used the Lane Community College Health Clinic between March of 2016 and February of 2017, your private information may be at risk.

LCC is currently dealing with its first data breach.

Staff found a virus on one health clinic computer during a routine check in February.

The virus may have shared patient information, including names, dates of birth and social security numbers to a third party.

The vice president of college services said there is no evidence any information was actually shared. But, the virus most likely came through an email message or web search.

“It's disheartening to be targeted by a cyber-attack. It's the first time it's happened to the clinic, but unfortunately it’s not the first time for the health care industry,” said Brian Kelly, vice president of college services at LCC.

Kelly said LCC is working with security experts to upgrade its system.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity on his or her accounts may want to contact their credit card providers or local police.

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