Data breach with names+diagnoses posted online

The NY Times reports on a significant data breach, where someone from Stanford posted a spreadsheet online while asking for help on how to produce a bar graph. The dataset included 20,000 emergency room patients, including their names and diagnoses (but not quite enough to steal the patients’ identities).

The data breach is interesting enough but the weird part is – how is it possible that anyone from Stanford would need to pay someone to help them create a bar chart from a spreadsheet?

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