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ERAS strikes again

Postby anatolyk » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:49 am

Some of us might remember Scramble 2008 when all ERAS applications got stuck and delivered to the programs only on the second day of scramble, when 99% of positions were already filled. So, the following news comes as no surprise. There was a letter (required by law) sent to notify ERAS users about potential personal information leackage:

This letter is to notify you of a potential breach of personal data contained in your residency application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This incident does not affect your applications through ERAS to any of the residency programs to which you have applied. A summary of the incident is as follows: On January 13, 2010, an external hard drive containing a copy of your application information was lost...

Read: Your DOB, SSN, Maden Name + a lot more have been released to the wild. Imagine someone getting access to the information, holding off to it for 5 years and striking then with multiple credit applications, when creditors are happy to extend you as a practicing physician credits of $50+K...
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