Data Breaches Reported by Refuah Health Center , Quantum Imaging Therapeutic Associates and RiverKids Pediatric Home Health

Refuah Health Center located in New York has just commenced informing 260,740 patients regarding a security breach that happened more or less a year ago. The April 29, 2022 announcement on the healthcare provider’s website states it uncovered unauthorized access to its system between May 31, 2021 and June 1, 2021. Upon knowing about the breach, the health center launched an investigation to figure out the nature and magnitude of the cyberattack, and a detailed review was then done on all records that were possibly accessed.

Refuah Health Center mentioned it learned on March 2, 2022, that the attackers had exfiltrated certain files from its network that included “a limited amount” of patients’ protected health information (PHI), such as names along with one or more of the following data elements: driver’s license numbers, state identification numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, bank/financial account details, debit/credit card details, medical treatment/diagnosis data, Medicare/Medicaid numbers, patient account numbers, medical record numbers, and/or medical insurance policy numbers. The provider started sending notification letters to impacted people on April 29, 2022, and offered free credit monitoring services to persons whose Social Security numbers were probably compromised.

Though Refuah Health Center didn’t reveal additional data concerning the character of the attack, databreaches.net reported that the attack looks like executed by the Lorenz ransomware gang, which included Refuah Health Center to its collection of victims on its data leak site on June 11, 2021, though that entry is already removed.

Quantum Imaging Therapeutic Associates Patients’ PHI Exposed

Professional diagnostic radiology services provider Quantum Imaging Therapeutic Associates based in Lewisberry, PA lately sent notification letters to patients informing them about the exposure of their PHI. The data security breach was identified and blocked on October 7, 2021.

At that time of distributing notification letters, there was no information that indicated the attackers’ access or theft of any patient data, even though it wasn’t possible to eliminate the possibility. The compromised segments of its system comprised patient records including names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers, and details linked to the radiology services offered.

After stopping the attack, Quantum started an investigation with the help of third-party IT experts and has now examined its network environment and made developments to security. Quantum will likewise be keeping track of the threat landscape tightly and will take proactive measures to handle new threats. Affected people have been provided complimentary identity theft protection services.

The incident is not yet published on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights breach portal, thus it is uncertain how many persons were affected.

Email Security Incident Reported by RiverKids Pediatric Home Health Reports

RiverKids Pediatric Home Health based in Texas has lately begun informing 3,494 patients about the potential viewing or theft of some of their PHI due to an email security incident. RiverKids found out on March 15, 2022 that an unauthorized person had acquired access to the email account of a worker. The breach investigation confirmed the compromise of multiple employee email accounts. The accounts review also confirmed they included patient data like names, dates of birth, addresses, and medical insurance member IDs. There was no compromise of financial data or Social Security numbers.

RiverKids said additional email security measures have been implemented to prevent further security incidents.

Connecticut Passes Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

Connecticut has joined Colorado, Utah California, and Virginia in approving an all-inclusive new data privacy rule that sets accountabilities for organizations that obtain and process the personal information of state locals and gives people new rights. The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6) had been approved in the Senate 35-0 and in Congress 144-5 and is currently with the Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont for signing. The new privacy legislation will take effect on July 1, 2023.

The new legislation creates a system for handling and processing the personal information of state citizens, establishes privacy protection specifications for information controllers and processors, and gives state residents rights with respect to the gathering and usage of their personal data. Consumers will be granted the right to gain access to their personal records kept by an organization, acquire a copy of that data, and correct any issues. Consumers can additionally choose to be forgotten and to have their personal information erased. Consumers could likewise decide to opt-out of the handling of their personal information for targeted promotion, selected vending of personal records, and profiling in the advancement of decisions that create legal or identical considerable impacts regarding consumers.

The new rule carefully showcases the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) and also the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), with the extent of the legislation slipping somewhere between the two. The rule will be applicable to organizations that maintain the data of over 100,000 consumers or all those that obtain 25% or higher of their yearly earnings from the sale of information of greater than 25,000 individuals, with the protections better in comparison with those of Virginia and Utah, although falling short of the privacy legislation in Colorado.

The new rule consists of a conclusion on the right to cure, on December 31, 2024. Therefore, from July 1, 2023 up to December 31, 2024, companies discovered to violate the Connecticut Data Privacy Act are going to have the option to take corrective measures to handle the sections of noncompliance and steer clear of a financial penalty or even other sanctions. The taking away of the right to cure must urge organizations to adhere to the new regulation.

A number of entities will be excused from adhering to the Connecticut Data Privacy Act: state and local authorities, charitable organizations, national securities groups listed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, fiscal companies subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, together with covered entities and business associates covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. There are furthermore exclusions for particular data types, like data controlled by FERPA, HIPAA, Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Airline Deregulation Act, The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act and Farm Credit Act.

Conformity with the Connecticut Data Privacy Act will be enacted by the Connecticut Attorney General. A standing working team will be put together to examine arising issues that the law can be modified to address.

Cyberattack Reported by Salusive Health and New Creation Counseling Center

Salusive Health, the programmer of the myNurse platform, which aids physician practices to facilitate disease management, has suffered a cyberattack that resulted in the compromise of patient data.

In the Salusive Health’s breach notification letters sent to patients, it mentioned that it found unauthorized activity in its computer system on March 7, 2022, and quickly carried out containment, mitigation, and restoration work, and involved third-party cybersecurity professionals to help with those steps. The investigation proved that unauthorized people accessed the personal data and protected health information (PHI) of patients, such as name, phone number, sexuality, home address, email address, date of birth, health history, diagnosis and treatment data, dates of service, lab test results, prescription details, medical account number, provider name, group plan provider, medical insurance policy and group plan number, and claim data.

Salusive Health stated it used supplemental security actions to avoid other breaches, has advised affected persons and given no-cost identity theft protection services, and submitted a report about the cyberattack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is no record of the breach posted on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights’ breach website yet, thus it is not known how many people were impacted.

Salusive Health furthermore mentioned in the breach notification letters that the challenging decision was undertaken to stop clinical operations on May 31, 2022, which will let patients give their chronic care management and remote checking services back to their primary care physicians. Salusive Health mentioned the choice to end operations is unconnected to the information security incident.

24,000 Patients Affected by New Creation Counseling Center Cyber Attack

New Creation Counseling Center (NCCC) based in Tipp City, OH, has just commenced advising 24,029 patients that their protected health information was probably compromised in a cyberattack.

NCCC discovered a breach of its IT programs on February 13, 2022 because its users could not access files on the network. The center promptly had taken steps to avert further unauthorized access, and launched an investigation to know the nature and extent of the breach. NCCC confirmed the usage of ransomware to encrypt files and assisted third-party cybersecurity experts with the response and recovery.

NCCC stated that it went on to give medical care to patients all throughout and that the ransomware has been eradicated from its systems. Though the investigation did not find any evidence of data theft, it was not possible to rule it out. An evaluation of files on the affected systems established they comprised names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, health insurance details, intake forms, healthcare releases, and treatment information.

Notifications had been delivered to impacted persons beginning on April 12, 2022, and one year of credit monitoring services was offered to patients for free.

Big Numbers of DDoS Attacks on the Healthcare Field Reported in 2021

A recent Comcast Business report reveals that 2021 got 9.84 million Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks reported, which rose by 14% from 2019, though a bit lower than the preceding year with 10.1 million attacks.

The minor drop in attacks was a result of a number of factors. 2020 was a notably terrible year since it was a total lockdown year. People were doing work remotely and learners were studying at home. Attackers had a one-of-a-kind scenario that permitted the launch of an unmatched number of DDoS attacks. The high rates of cryptocurrencies in 2021 suggested that a lot of threat actors rerouted their botnets from executing DDoS attacks to mining cryptocurrencies.

In 2021, 73% of DDoS attacks were executed on just 4 groups – government, education, healthcare, and finance. Hackers observed seasonal developments and activities throughout the year, with education being attacked in line with the school year, while COVID-19 and vaccine accessibility prompted DDoS attacks on the healthcare field.

Multi-vector attacks went up by 47% in 2021. Comcast Business DDoS Mitigation Services protected users against 24,845 multi-vector attacks aimed at layers 3, 4, & 7 (Network, Transport & Application) at the same time. 69% of Comcast Business customers were affected by DDoS attacks in 2021, growing by 41% from 2020, and 55% of Comcast Business customers suffered multi-vector attacks directed at layers, 3, 4, & 7 concurrently. There was likewise a significant increase in the number of vectors employed in multi-vector attacks, growing from 5 in 2020 to as much as 15 in 2021, with the amplification practices in the attacks escalating from 3 to 9.

DDoS attacks bring traffic to victims’ sites to make them useless, and though attacks are typically executed only for that purpose, it is usual for DDoS attacks to be performed to distract companies and utilize resources whilst the attackers take part in other nefarious things. There’s a solid link between DDoS attacks and information breaches. As per a Neustar survey, more or less half of businesses (47%) that experienced a DDoS attack identified a virus in their networks right after the attack, 44% mentioned malware was initialized, 33% reported a system breach, 32% documented client data theft, 15% encountered a ransomware attack, and 11% were impacted by financial theft.

The most critical attack that occurred in 2021 was a 242 Gbps DDoS attack, which is enough to cover even high bandwidth Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) circuits in minutes. The scope of attacks has grown and a pattern has been known to be where threat actors perform low-volume attacks to keep under the radar of IT teams and bring about damage on a number of levels. This approach can weaken website functionality, yet the attacks are usually not seen by IT groups, who merely learn they were targeted when they begin getting complaints from consumers.

DDoS attacks are inexpensive to conduct, pricing merely a few bucks, while for a couple of hundred dollars considerable attacks may be done that can cripple companies. DDoS attacks could be very pricey for organizations. The attacks could stop businesses from communicating with their clients and meeting SLAs, and the attacks may bring about disastrous financial and reputational problems. In a number of scenarios, the damage is quite serious that companies were compelled to permanently shut down. For organizations that count on availability, each minute of downtime can bring about losses even as much as millions of dollars.

Microsoft Sinkholes Known ZLoader Botnet

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) deactivated the infamous ZLoader cybercrime botnet that was utilized to send Ryuk ransomware in attacks on medical care providers. Microsoft lately secured a court order coming from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia permitting the taking of 65 hard-coded websites the ZLoader botnet employs for command-and-control communications. Those domains were already sinkholed, blocking the botnet operator from conversing with devices corrupted with ZLoader malware.

ZLoader malware enclosed a domain generation algorithm (DGA) which is prompted whenever it’s impossible to connect with the hard-coded websites, which acts as a failsafe for any takedown campaigns. The court order likewise authorized Microsoft to take 319 DGA-registered domains. Microsoft is doing something to prevent the signing up of any other DGA domains.

ZLoader is included in a family of malware variants that originated from the ZeuS banking Trojan. At first, ZeuS was employed for credential and financial fraud, with the goal of moving funds from victims’ monetary accounts. The hacker responsible for the malware then organized a malware-as-a-service operation to transmit ransomware and malware to other threat actors including Ryuk.

Ryuk ransomware was widely utilized in attacks on the medical field since its rise in 2018, and ZLoader was one method of transmitting the ransomware. ZLoader can deactivate a widely used antivirus tool to avoid discovery, and the malware was used on many devices, which are primarily in healthcare and education.

The takedown of the botnet is considerable; nonetheless, the botnet operators are most likely already doing something to build another command and control infrastructure. Microsoft mentioned the seizure was successful and led to the non-permanent deactivation of the ZLoader system, which has made it more challenging for the organized criminal group to proceed with its malicious pursuits.

The case was referred to authorities, who are keeping track of this activity closely and will keep working with our partners to keep an eye on the actions of these threat actors. Microsoft will consult with internet service providers to distinguish and remediate affected individuals. Microsoft additionally established that it is set to take additional legal action and use technical options to take care of ZLoader and other botnets.

Microsoft furthermore named Denis Malikov, who lives in Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula, as somebody who is thought to be liable for creating a part of the malware that was employed for sending ransomware. This implies that cybercriminals won’t be permitted to hide behind the anonymity of the web to commit their criminal activity.

Microsoft stated that the cybersecurity company ESET, Black Lotus Labs, and Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 team helped with its inquiry of the ZLoader activities. The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC), the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (FS-ISAC), and the Microsoft Defender Teamadditionally furnished supplemental information.

PHI Compromised Because of Data Breaches at SuperCare Health and Englewood Health

Cyberattack on SuperCare Health Impacts 318,000 Patients

SuperCare Health located in Downey, CA, a provider of post-acute, in-home respiratory care services in the Western United States, has lately commenced informing 318,379 patients regarding the compromise and likely access by unauthorized individuals to some of their protected health information (PHI) due to a cyberattack that took place in July 2021.

SuperCare Health mentioned in its March 25, 2022 breach notice that it found unauthorized activity in its IT networks on July 27, 2021. It quickly took steps to protect its network and block further unauthorized access. Third-party cybersecurity professionals looked into the nature and extent of the breach.

The investigation established that unauthorized persons got access to segments of its system from July 23, 2021 to July 27, 2021. It was probable that the hackers accessed files on the network that included the PHI of patients. A detailed analysis of the contents of the files was done, which confirmed on February 4, 2022, that they comprised the following sensitive patient information: names, dates of birth, addresses, hospital/medical group, medical record numbers, patient account numbers, medical insurance data, claims details, test/diagnostic/treatment details, and other health-associated data. Some persons additionally had their Social Security numbers and/or driver’s license numbers compromised.

SuperCare Health stated that due to the security breach, it assessed its security measures and put in place supplemental security procedures to better secure the personal data and PHI of patients.

SuperCare Health is providing affected individuals a free membership to an identity theft protection service, including dark web monitoring, credit monitoring, and an identity theft reimbursement insurance coverage.

Englewood Health Alerts 3,900 Patients Concerning PHI Compromise

Englewood Health, an acute care 289-bed teaching hospital based in Englewood, NJ, has just announced a security breach involving the PHI of 3,901 persons. On February 14, 2022, Englewood Health found out that the username and password of a worker were exposed, which permitted an unauthorized person to acquire access to patient names, birth dates, and limited health data. Englewood Health mentioned the unauthorized actor acquired access to patient data for just 40 minutes prior to the detection and blocking of intrusion.

As a result of the breach, Englewood Health has enhanced its administrative, physical, and technical system controls. Patients were already alerted through the mail and though just a limited amount of information was breached, free credit monitoring services were given to impacted individuals.

Ransomware Groups Claim to Have Targeted Health Plans and Healthcare Companies

Partnership Health Plan of California Coming Back from Suspected Ransomware Attack

The non-profit managed care health plan located in Fairfield, CA, Partnership Health Plan of California (PHC), encountered a cyberattack that led to the inaccessibility of its IT systems for more than one week. On March 21, 2022, PHC commenced informing regional healthcare clinics about the interruption of its IT systems, its web page and phone lines and that work was ongoing to bring back its systems. A time frame for when IT systems will possibly be repaired was not given.

PHC failed to say in its announcements what prompted the outage, however it looks like a ransomware attack prompted by the Hive ransomware gang. The Hive ransomware gang owned responsibility for the attack as posted on its clear web and dark sites and stated 400 gigabytes of data had been stolen from PHC systems that involved 850,000 unique records of name, SSNs, addresses, dates of birth, and other data. That statement has since been taken out.

PHC has not stated if ransomware was utilized and the degree to which plan members’ records were impacted. PHC has approximately 618,000 health plan members throughout Northern California. The Hive ransomware group is well-known to attack the healthcare sector, having earlier carried out ransomware attacks on Memorial Health System and Johnson Memorial Health in 2021.

Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan Experiences Ransomware Attack

Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan has lately reported that it encountered a ransomware attack in December 2021 that affected a section of its database. The center mentioned it joined with a third-party IT and forensics agency to look into the breach and re-establish its systems.

The breach inquiry didn’t discover information that indicates any patient data was misused, nevertheless, the portions of its systems that the hackers accessed included some patients’ health records and staff members’ Social Security numbers and also bank account data.

Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan have begun informing impacted people and provided free credit monitoring services. Steps were undertaken to fortify data security operations, such as decommissioning a few servers, having added training to the staff, examining security guidelines and procedures, and partnering with a third-party business to get regular security tracking.

The breach report was filed with the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights as impacting 43,071 persons.

LockBit Ransomware Group Claims To Be Responsible for the Val Verde Regional Medical Center Attack

The LockBit ransomware gang has just shared information on its leak webpage regarding the theft of data at the time of a ransomware attack on Val Verde Regional Medical Center based in Texas.

Lockbit has posted about 400 MB of data on its web page consisting of information of over 96,000 individuals. The files comprise details for instance names, birth dates, marital status, account numbers, patient ID numbers, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, employer addresses, guarantor names, referring doctor names, medical insurance data, notes, and other details.

Val Verde Regional Medical Center hasn’t established whether the statement of the Lockbit group is true and the breach is not displayed yet on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights breach site.

Email Incidents Announced by CareOregon Advantage, Ultimate Care, and University Medical Center Southern Nevada

Three email incidents were lately announced by CareOregon Advantage, University Medical Center Southern Nevada, and Ultimate Care. A total of 38,485 individuals were affected.

PHI of CareOregon Advantage Members Compromised Because of Misdirected Email

CareOregon Advantage, the medical insurance agency based in Portland, OR, has begun informing 10,467 plan members concerning an impermissible disclosure of their protected health information (PHI). On January 27, 2022, an email message that contains an attachment with plan member data was provided to a hired consultant by mistake.

The consultant promptly advised CareOregon Advantage regarding the blunder and permanently erased the email and file attachment. The attached file comprised information like member names, ID numbers, Medicare/Medicaid numbers, and dates of birth. CareOregon Advantage thinks the threat of misuse of member information is minimal.

CareOregon Advantage stated its investigation affirmed that it has the appropriate policies and procedures set up to handle these types of events and those policies and protocols are assessed every year. The staff member who mailed the email was provided with more training.

15,788 People Affected by Phishing Attack on Ultimate Care

Ultimate Care, the home care agency located in Brooklyn, NY, has lately reported that unauthorized persons
accessed some staff email accounts right after staff members clicked on phishing emails. When the security breach was noticed, fast action was undertaken to protect its email platform and a forensic investigation was begun to find out the extent of the breach.

The forensic investigation results confirmed that unauthorized individuals accessed the email accounts between April 7, 2021 and June 2, 2021. A manual assessment of all emails within the accounts established they included names, as well as at least one of these types of data: passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, financial account data, credit or debit card details, medical details, health insurance policy data, and/or user ID and passwords.

Ultimate Care mentioned there were no reports acquired that suggest the improper use of any patient data; nonetheless, as a preventative measure against identity theft and fraud, persons whose Social Security numbers were affected were given free one-year memberships to a credit monitoring company. Notification letters were delivered to impacted people on February 22, 2022.

The breach report was submitted to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights stating that 15,788 people were affected.

Business Associate Email Breach Impacted University Medical Center Southern Nevada Patients

University Medical Center Southern Nevada (UMC) has just affirmed the possible exposure of the PHI of 12,230 individuals was possibly exposed in a cyberattack on a business associate: The healthcare software program supplier Advent Health Partners (AHA).

AHA learned about the email breach at the beginning of September 2021 and established on December 2, 2021, that files that contain the PHI of its healthcare company clients were viewed. The files comprised first and last names, drivers’ license information, Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical insurance details, medical treatment data, and financial account details. AHA sent notification letters concerning the attack on January 6, 2021. Advent Health Partners sent the breach report revealing that 1,383 persons were impacted, nevertheless, a few of its clients, such as UMC, reported the incident independently.

This is UMC’s third reported data breach in the past 1.5 years. UMC suffered a REvil ransomware attack in June 2021 that led to the theft of the PHI of 1.3 million people, and last March 2021, UMC confirmed an unauthorized access/disclosure incident impacting 1,833 persons.

JDC Healthcare Management and Wheeling Health Right Inc Report Data Breach

JDC Healthcare Management located in Dallas, TX, which operates over 70 Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics practices all over the state of Texas, notified the Office of the Attorney General of Texas on March 17, 2022 that a security breach has impacted over 1,000,000 Texans.

On or approximately August 9, 2021, JDC Healthcare Management identified malware in its IT system. The forensic investigation of the data breach confirmed the installed malware in its network on July 27, 2021.

Additional facts on the data breach are now available. JDC Healthcare Management mentioned that the malware allowed unauthorized people access to its IT systems between July 27, 2021 and August 16, 2021. The forensic investigation affirmed that attackers accessed or stolen data on its systems that covered the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of patients.

JDC Healthcare Management revealed in its March 2022 breach notification letters that the thorough evaluation of the affected files is in progress, nevertheless, it has been affirmed that the types of compromised ePHI involved names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, financial data, health insurance details, and health data.

JDC Healthcare Management mentioned in its breach notification letters that after knowing about this incident, it moved swiftly to investigate the incident and take action, examine the security of its network, recover functionality to its setting, and inform potentially affected persons.

JDC Healthcare Management stated it is examining and bettering its present policies and procedures to cut down the possibility of additional security breaches. Afflicted people were instructed to verify their accounts, explanation of benefits statements, and free yearly credit reports, even though the breach notification letters did not mention credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided. JDC Healthcare Management mentioned that at the moment of issuing notification letters, it didn’t know of any actual or attempted improper use of patient information.

Notification letters are currently being mailed and the breach report will be sent to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights. The breach report sent to the Texas Attorney General states there were 1,026,820 Texans’ ePHI possibly breached.

Wheeling Health Right Inc. Experiences Ransomware Attack

Wheeling Health Right Inc. in West Virginia has reported it encountered a ransomware attack last January 2022. The security breach was discovered on January 18, 2022. Data contained in its IT systems weren’t accessed. Wheeling Health Right stated it acquired legal help and a data breach remediation agency to look into the attack and find out the scope to which its systems were breached.

An assessment of all files on the impacted sections of its systems established they comprised sensitive patient and employee data for instance full names, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, driver’s license numbers, tax details, income details, and medical data of patients who applied for or got Wheeling Health Right’s services.

Wheeling Health Right says its information technology service provider decrypted, brought back, and rebuilt its systems, started a password reset for all system clients, applied multi-factor authentication for worker email accounts, and installed further endpoint detection and response software program. More privacy and security measures were likewise used, such as giving supplemental cybersecurity training to the personnel.

Wheeling Health Right mentioned affected people were advised on March 18, 2022, and were given identity monitoring for nothing for one year. The incident is not yet published on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights breach site, thus it is presently not clear how many persons were impacted.

Potential PHI Breaches at Capital Region Medical Center and Labette Health

Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) based in Jefferson City, MO has lately confirmed that unauthorized individuals accessed patient information in a cyberattack last December 2021 that resulted in the shutdown of its network and phone systems for several days.

The cyberattack was identified on December 17, 2021 because of a disruption in its internet systems. An investigation was begun to know the nature and scope of the breach. A public announcement regarding the security incident was published on December 23, 2021. It was unclear at first if patient data was compromised however that is already confirmed now.

CRMC stated at this period of the investigation it does not seem that the attackers acquired access to its electronic medical record database; nonetheless, the files accessed or possibly accessed by the hackers contained information such as patient names, birth dates, addresses, medical data, and health insurance data. A portion of patients additionally had their driver’s license numbers, financial account data and/or Social Security numbers exposed. That part of patients was provided a complimentary one-year membership to credit monitoring services. CRMC mentioned there was no evidence found thus far that indicates the misuse of any patient information.

CRMC mentioned it will still assess its security policies and will consider opportunities to apply extra cybersecurity procedures to strengthen security and stop the same cyberattacks later on.

The incident is not yet posted on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights breach portal, therefore it is currently not clear how many people were affected.

Labette Health Informs Patients Concerning October 2021 Cyberattack

Labette Health located in Kansas has just announced that unauthorized persons accessed its IT systems from October 15, 2021 to October 24, 2021.

Labette Health stated that it took prompt steps to safeguard its network and restrict the potential for more harm. Third-party cybersecurity professionals were hired to investigate the security breach and find out the nature and extent of the attack. The investigation determined on February 11, 2022, that certain files and folders located on its network that included patients’ protected health information (PHI) were accessed by unauthorized persons, who may have exfiltrated a number of those files.

The files comprised employee and patient names and one or more of these types of data: medical treatment and diagnosis details, treatment expenses, dates of service, prescription details, Medicaid or Medicare number, health insurance information, and Social Security number.

It has been four months since the occurrence of the breach, and thus far, Labette Health hasn’t identified any proof of misuse of patient or worker data. Labette Health mentioned on March 11, 2022, written notifications were sent to impacted persons as a safety precaution. Those whose Social Security numbers were compromised received free credit monitoring services.

Labette Health stated it implemented the recommendations of cybersecurity experts and has fortified network security, applied stronger password security policies and multi-factor authentication for system access, and has improved endpoint detection software and offered supplemental network security and threat detection instruction to the employees.

The data breach is not yet published on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights breach website thus it is presently uncertain how many people were affected.