An upgrade in security software at Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph in Charlotte, N.C. found a provider’s email account had been hacked, resulting in notifying about 6,300 patients of a breach of protected health information.

The breach was discovered on Oct. 8, 2012, with investigators determining the hacker had access to the provider’s email since March 11, 2012. The hospital, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, is notifying 5,600 patients whose mail may have been breached. It also is notifying another 700 patients of the provider although no evidence has been found that their information was compromised.

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