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Hackers Attacked L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Computers For 2 Months

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(credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center says hackers have attacked their computer systems over a period of two months, but there is no evidence any data was compromised.

Officials with the center said they are notifying about 59,000 current and former clients about the attack and warning them that some information may have been compromised, although there was no confirmation that any data was actually stolen.

“The center takes the privacy of our clients very seriously,” center CEO Lorri L. Jean said. “After learning of this attack, we took immediate steps to further safeguard the information currently on our servers and, though no organization can ever be assured that its data is 100 percent protected, we are working with data security and technology experts to guard against future attacks.”

The center says the cyber attack apparently began around Sept. 17 and continued through Nov. 8. After suspecting its system was infected with some type of malware, the center hired a data security consultant.

The center began notifying potentially affected members on Dec. 2 about the attack.

The possibly exposed information may have included names, contact information, credit card information, medical or health care information, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and health insurance account numbers.

The center says it is working with Experian to provide a free year of its ProtectMyID Alert product to potentially affected members.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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