Report: Phishing Scheme Used to Access Methodist Hospitals Employees

Protected health information may have been compromised after hackers used a phishing attack to access email accounts of two Methodist Hospital employees. According to a company notice, forensic investigators determined that an “unauthorized actor” had accessed the employees’ email accounts between March 2019 and early July 2019.

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Over 68,000 Patients May Have Been Affected By Phishing Scheme

In June 2019, Methodist Hospitals, Inc., a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northeast Indiana, discovered “unusual activity” in an employee’s email account and launched an investigation into the issue. Working with third-party investigators, Methodist Hospitals uncovered the phishing scheme on August 7, 2019. As a result of the breach, over 68,000 patients and their protected health information may have been affected.

According to Methodist Hospitals, Inc., information available in the affected email accounts may vary depending on the individual patient and may include: patient names; addresses; health insurance information, including group and/or plan number and group identification number; Social Security numbers; driver’s license/state identification numbers; passport numbers; financial account numbers; electronic signatures; usernames and passwords, dates of birth; medical records information, including medical record numbers, CSN numbers, HAR numbers, Medicare/Medicaid numbers, and medical treatment/diagnosis information.

Methodist Hospitals is reportedly working to contact individuals who may have been affected by the data incident and are reporting the data breach to federal and state regulators.

Patients Affected by a Methodist Hospitals Data Breach May Be Entitled to Compensation

Individuals affected by data breaches can possibly face serious problems. When consumer financial information is wrongfully accessed, victims are often required to pay fees for monitoring their credit to ensure their credit score isn’t negatively impacted from the violation. Likewise, those affected by a data breach could become a victim of identity fraud and may have to pay to receive a credit report to check on fraudulent charges.

Victims of data breaches may be entitled to receive compensation for any protected information that may have been compromised, and the responsible party may be liable for financial losses resulting from a data breach. Those affected by the Methodist Hospitals data breach are encouraged to seek legal counsel from an attorney familiar with data breaches and other security incidents to get more information about their rights and remedies.

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