The FDNY has reported a large data breach after a department employee’s hard drive was compromised.
The department reports that at least 10,000 patients who went through FDNY EMS ambulances between 2011 and 2018 may have been compromised. Among those 10,000, around 3,000 may have had their Social Security numbers exposed.
“This was not a hacking, but a loss of data caused by one employee’s failure to follow the department’s data security policies,” said fire department spokesman Myles Miller.
The hard drive contained confidential information provided by 911 callers such as people’s names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, insurance numbers, health condition and, in some cases, social security numbers.