back to article Not one of the 12 steps: Rehab patients' details exposed in publicly visible database

More than two years of billing records from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center were made freely available on the internet, a security researcher has discovered. Justin Paine has been scouring the internet for Elastic Search databases and has previously found access logs from streaming services, app developers and online …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    But it's in The Cloud. It's done that way so somebody else can look after little details like that.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      But it's also in Ohio. No one would ever think of looking there anyway.

  2. Rich 10

    HIPPA - Having Individual's Personal Privacy Assaulted

    1. elDog Silver badge

      Cute. But please try to come up with words for the actual acronym HIPAA.

      This little slip has bedeviled even the most erudite wannabe journals.

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Re: Cute. But please try to come up with words for the actual acronym HIPAA.

        Heavily Invaded Privacy Appalls All ?

      2. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

        Re: Cute. But please try to come up with words for the actual acronym HIPAA.

        Your wife is a big hippo!

        Does "Personal Attributes Assaulted" sound too much like electrodes to the extremities?

  3. Snowy Silver badge


    [quote]Such information is highly personal and confidential. Anyone with access can easily see when someone was admitted to the rehab, and left, and what treatment they received while there. As examples, code 0901 is for electric shock treatment while 0916 for family psychotherapy.[/quote]

    Electric shock treatment is still a thing, here was me thinking that was left behind in the dark ages!

    1. Blockchain commentard Silver badge

      Re: WoW

      Nah, the US use it on murderers to stop them reoffending. Permanently.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: WoW

      Still a very effective last resort treatment for the worst depressions.

    3. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Re: WoW

      I suppose electric doesn't necessarily mean passing current through the brain while the patient thrashes around pathetically, which doctors can still do. (Although I think you're strapped down actually.) It could be painful "aversion therapy’" on the corporeal extremities to reduce your desire for whatever you're addicted to. Which extremities depends on which desire, probably.

      I think there's a scene in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" (1920-something) where babies intended to become the lower social class are shown fine things, colourful toys, flowers, fine art. The babies are attracted, and crawl towards the goodies across the floor, which is electrified. Bad example? You see, the babies are only stunned, but when they wake up, they've learned! Learned that they're in a dystopia, for a start!

    4. jtaylor

      Re: WoW

      ECT is very much a thing. I know people who have gotten it for bipolar disorder, for depression, and for schizophrenia.

      The short-term side-effects are unpleasant. The long term ones can be nasty. It does help some people, though, and considering that Death is one of the alternatives, it's not always the worst option.

      Pro tip: avoid bilateral ECT if at all possible. That will cause permanent damage.

    5. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      Re: WoW

      Electric shock treatment is still a thing

      Yes - it has its uses in extreme cases (complete catatonic withdrawal for example).

      Fortunately, it's not used with the liberal abandon that it was in previous years.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Tell me that the database was NOT WRITABLE!!!

    Next time I'll check first and then put in some extra data for all the people I hate!

  5. trapper


    That mistake has violated BOTH State and Federal confidentiality laws pertaining especially to chemical dependency treatment. It can also lead to the program losing its license to operate, and if any professional treatment staff were involved, their licenses to practice. Even if the program gets off with a warning, it can expect stepped-up State inspections and problems with insurers. This is a major, major headache.

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