An orthopedic clinic in North Carolina recently reported a major data breach when X-ray films were stolen for their silver content, and El Centro Regional Medical Center in California has just reported a similar breach.

These types of breaches have become increasingly common as silver prices have risen in recent years and silver can easily be extracted from the films. Local media during the past year report stolen X-rays from hospitals in Alabama, California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia, among others, as well as in Toronto, Ottawa and London in Canada.

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