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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State securities officials say cybercrime including email attacks are on the rise during the pandemic.

A statement from the Alabama Securities Commission says social engineering attacks have been increasing with more people working at home and children using virtual learning because of the coronavirus outbreak. Commission Director Joe Borg says information is more accessible than ever, leading to potential problems.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama medical center says the protected health information of more than 19,000 patients has been exposed through a computer hacking attack.

It's unclear exactly how many of the records might have been improperly viewed. But news outlets report that a statement issued Friday says UAB Medicine is notifying 19,557 patents that their personal information could be vulnerable.

A news release says hackers got into the records through a malicious email that looked like a request from an executive who wanted employees to fill out a survey.