Data on 9,800 people missing after theft of UAB computer

June 20, 2006

Associated Press

A computer stolen from the kidney transplant program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham contained confidential information on 9,800 donors, organ recipients and potential recipients.

No arrests were made in the theft of the machine, which officials said could contain names, Social Security numbers and medical information on people involved in the program.

The school offered one year of free credit monitoring to anyone whose personal data was compromised to protect them from possible identity theft.

The computer was taken from a locked office in February, but the affected people weren't notified until earlier this month because it took months for school officials to reconstruct the missing database, a UAB official said Monday.

"There is no information to date that anyone has made use of the stolen information, and additional physical security measures have been put into place to prevent similar situations from occurring," said school spokesman L.G. Blanchard.

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