Up to 4.5 million people’s private health records may have been compromised by a cyber attack on the UCLA Health System. While the health care system announced last week that hackers infiltrated parts of its network that include medical and personal information on millions of customers, it is not sure whether the hackers were able to access or steal the data.
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The announcement is the first time UCLA has made public its long-held suspicions that its system had been targeted by a criminal scheme. According to a release by the university, it first contacted the FBI in October, and had been coordinating with law enforcement to investigate possible security breaches. While malicious behavior seemed apparent, UCLA was not sure until May that hackers had accessed parts of its system with sensitive information.