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20,000 Swedish Employees Personal Data Breached

 

Last year, an incident where an employer allowed employee’s personal data to be exposed on the internet. The Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington alerted approximately 20,000 current and former employees that their personal information, which included Social Security numbers, was accidentally accessible on the Internet for nine weeks.

As is often the case, this data breach occurred as the result of an employee error. It seems that Swedish employee was working from home and made some changes to his home network that accidentally allowed exposure of the private data to others on the internet. While Swedish has a policy that prohibits keeping confidential information on home computers, often companies allow employees to work from home or have outsourced employees that access the company database from home or an offsite office that can lead to data exposures such as this.

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Read the full article at the Seattle Times.

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