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California’s health care industry failing to protect computer data, attorney general says
Marin Independent Journal

California’s health care industry is a data-security laggard, failing to sufficiently protect sensitive information stored on lost or stolen laptops, smartphones and flash drives, according to state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Meantime, health care faces mounting hacker attacks that put millions of Californians’ personal records at risk, including medical information, as detailed in a new report from Harris’ office.

It’s not just personal records. Hackers have begun threatening the basic day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other health care facilities, made vivid by the Feb. 5 “ransomware” attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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