Contra Costa County in California is notifying about 4,700 patients of an information breach after their names were listed for more than a year in an online report of persons who owed payment to the county health services department.

In a notification letter to patients, the county said the names were in a bad debt report to the county board dated July 27, 2010, but not known to be on the Internet until Nov. 23, 2011.

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