The University of California San Francisco has notified approximately 600 individuals that a hacker may have accessed their protected health information.

A physician in the UCSF School of Medicine in late September fell victim to a phishing scam and gave the user name and password for his e-mail account. The university's information security unit identified the breach and disabled the compromised password. By Oct. 16, an investigation determined that e-mails in the physician's account, which included those containing demographic and clinical information and four Social Security numbers, potentially might have been exposed, according to the university.

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