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Phishing Attack Breaches Data of 30,000 Memorial Hospital Patients

February 21, 2019 - An employee of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi fell victim to a phishing attack, which breached the data of 30,000 patients for more than a week in December. On December 17, officials discovered an unauthorized party gained access to an employee email account on December 6. The account was immediately secured, and an investigation was launched to determine the scope of the...


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2.7M Medical Calls, Sensitive Audio Exposed Online for 6 Years

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A 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide Service server used to store the phone calls made to the service for healthcare information was left unencrypted and exposed online with no user authentication requirement, according to IDG Computer...

Blue Shield, AltaMed Patient Data Breached in Business Associate Hack

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Sharecare Health Data Services (SHDS) recently notified AltaMed Health Services and California Physicians Service (dba Blue Shield of California) of a network hack that potentially breached the data of thousands of their...

42,000 AdventHealth Patients Impacted in Yearlong Data Breach

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About 42,000 AdventHealth Medical Group Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine patients are being notified that their personal and health data was breached for more than a year due to a hack of the Florida provider’s systems. On December...

United Hospital District Reports June 2018 Breach from Phishing Attack

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Minnesota-based United Hospital District is notifying 2,143 patients that their data was compromised during a June 2018 phishing attack. According to officials, the breach occurred for about two weeks from June 10 and June 27, 2018. The...

15 Million Patient Records Breached in 2018; Hacking, Phishing Surges

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Fifteen million patient records were breached during 503 healthcare data breaches in 2018, nearly triple the amount of reported incidents from the previous year, according to the Protenus 2019 Breach Barometer. Protenus analyzed the...

Hackers Attempt to Extort Ontario Healthcare Provider CarePartners

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CarePartners experienced a data breach in 2018, and now the hackers are attempting to extort the Ontario-based provider for 5 bitcoins, or about $18,000, to prevent the public release of employee and patient files, according to...

24,000 Patient Records Breached in EyeSouth Partners Email Hack

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Georgia-based EyeSouth Partners recently began notifying 24,113 patients that their protected health information was potentially compromised after an employee email hack. On October 25, officials discovered an individual gained...

Ransomware Attack on Connecticut Provider Impacts 24,000 Patients

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Connecticut-based optometrists Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Dr. Anthony Marciano & Associates recently began notifying about 23,578 patients that their personal data was potentially breached during a ransomware attack. On November 29, the eye...

Roper St. Francis, Valley Professionals Phishing Attacks Breach Patient Data

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Charleston, South Carolina-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Valley Professionals Community Health Center (VPCHC) in Indiana recently began notifying patients that their data was potentially breached after employees fell victim to...

Ransomware Attack on Florida’s FABEN OB-GYN Results in Data Loss

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Florida-based FABEN Obstetrics and Gynecology was hit with a ransomware attack in November, which encrypted server files and caused some data to be permanently lost. On November 21, officials discovered a GandCrab ransomware infection on...

Phishing Hack Breaches PHI of 23,000 Colorado Patients for 3 Months

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Colorado-based Critical Care, Pulmonary & Sleep Associates recently notified 23,000 patients that their personal data was potentially breached during a phishing attack. On November 23, CCPSA officials discovered a hacker gained access...

Phishing Attack on Verity Health Breaches Patient Data

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Verity Health System and Verity Medical Foundation are notifying patients that their data was potentially breached by two separate phishing attacks. According to officials, one cyberattack occurred in November and the other in...

Alaska Bungles Breach Notification, 87,000 Patients Impacted

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recently updated its breach notification to include substantially more patients than were included in its initial announcement from June 2018. But in the process, those estimates also...

Valley Hope Association Email Hack Breaches Patient Data

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Kansas-based Valley Hope Association recently began notifying patients that their data was potentially breached during an email hack. VHA is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment organization with 16 facilities in seven states. Officials...

Zero-Day Virus Forces EHR Downtime at 21 Health Science North Hospitals

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The computer system of Sudbury, Ontario-based Health Sciences North was infected by a zero-day virus, driving officials to shut down its EHR to contain the infection, according to local news outlet CBC Radio-Canada. Staff at the Sudbury...

Months-Long Phishing Attack on Rehab Center Breaches Patient Data

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Memphis-based Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center recently began notifying patients that their personal data was potentially breached due to a phishing attack. Officials discovered the hacker gained access to an employee email account...

4-Month Breach of BenefitMall Impacts 112,000 Plan Members

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Centerstone Insurance and Financial Services, operating as BenefitMall, is notifying 111,589 consumers that their personal data was potentially breached during a months-long phishing attack. On October 11, officials discovered a hacker...

Phishing Attack Hits Kent County Community Mental Health

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Kent County Community Mental Health Authority is notifying 2,284 patients that their data was potentially breached after several phishing attacks. According to officials, three employees fell victim to targeted phishing campaigns on...

Third-Party Vendor Phishing Attack Breaches 31,000 Patient Records

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Managed Health Services of Indiana Health Plan is notifying about 31,000 patients of a potential breach to their personal data, caused by a phishing attack on a business associate. According to officials, several employees of LCP...

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