A report issued last week says that the information systems of five divisions of the US Department of Health and Human Services were breached in the last three years using unsophisticated approaches, MedPage Today reports. Those divisions include the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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