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ALBANY, GA (WTVM) -

Thousands of patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital are finding out their personal information may have been compromised.

Officials at the South Georgia hospital say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing the information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in early November.

Officials say the computer may have held patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth, dates of service and social security numbers.

Officials have not found the missing computer, and the hospital is offering a year of credit monitoring service to all affected patients.

"I want an explanation," said victim Laurie Davis. "I want to know why our information, our social security numbers all our information isn't protected better. You know, for being such a large hospital, I think they should have top notch security system for their computer systems."

Phoebe has not said from which clinic the computer disappeared or why it took two months to inform patients.

In a statement, hospital officials say they've hired an expert computer forensics company to investigate, and patients treated between May 2010 and October 2013 may have been affected.

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