Three fire departments in King County, Washington, are among the latest to have their protected health information hacked, as emergency medical services continue to be targeted. During the past couple of years, dozens of local Fire/EMS departments have been hacked across the nation.

In Washington, the North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM) has reported the breach of a server that stored data on an estimated 6,000 medical responses for Duvall Fire District 45, Skykomish Fire Department and Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue (Fire District 51). What’s not clear yet, however, is whether protected information has actually been accessed, says Tom Orr, executive director at NORCOM. Nor is it known when the hacking occurred; an I.T. staffer discovered it on Dec. 24, he adds.

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