Lab test results stolen in hack of 15 million patients’ records


An open letter from a medical testing company is never a good thing.

A Canadian company specializing in administering laboratory tests, LifeLabs, announced on Dec. 17 that it had been the victim of a data breach affecting up to 15 million customers. And yes, at least some of those patients’ test results were reportedly accessed by the unnamed culprits.

While a lot of questions still remain, what details we do have aren’t exactly reassuring. For example, LifeLabs claims it discovered the breach in October, but says it’s only notifying patients now in mid-December — after hiring outside security experts — because it wanted to make sure it understood the scope of the mess.  Read more…

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