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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Wed Oct 06 2010 - 22:32:00 CDT
October 5, 2010
Chapel Hill Researcher Fights Demotion After Security Breach
By Katherine Mangan
A prominent cancer researcher at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill is fighting the university's decision to demote her and cut
her pay in half after a security breach in a medical study she directs was
discovered. The breach could have revealed medical records of of more than
100,000 women whose data were studied.
The researcher, Bonnie C. Yankaskas, an associate professor of radiology
and adjunct professor of epidemiology, says the university is responsible
for the security flaws, and she is being made a scapegoat. University
officials have been pressuring her to resign, she said, but added, "This
is my life's work, and there's too much to do. I'm not going anywhere."
Ms. Yankaskas is the lead investigator in the Carolina Mammography
Registry, a university project that is part of a nationwide consortium
that collects and analyzes mammography results.
Last year, medical-school technology officials discovered that a hacker
had infiltrated one of the project's two computer servers, which contained
personal data, including names, addresses, and birth dates, of about
180,000 women. About 114,000 of those files included the patients' Social
Security numbers. The break-in happened in 2007 but was only discovered
after Ms. Yankaskas reported having trouble with her server in 2009.
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