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A Washington surgical center says it was hit by a data breach, which may have revealed personal information of more than 2,000 patients, including names, Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, medical information and some credit card numbers.

The Columbian reports a notice posted on the website of the Southwest Washington Regional Surgery Center in Vancouver says not all patients were affected. The office notified the 2,393 affected patients last week.

The notice says the breach involved a phishing attack that allowed hackers to gain access to one employee’s email. The notice says that the email box was compromised between May 27 and Aug. 13.

The notice says the company has found no evidence the compromised information has been misused.

Center officials did not return calls on Tuesday.


Information from: The Columbian,