An anonymous entity reportedly used a deceptive phishing scam to access employee email accounts, resulting in a potential Presbyterian Healthcare data breach. According to a notification published by the organization, hackers gained unauthorized access in early May 2019 in a possible attempt to gain protected patient and/or employee information.
If you suspect that your personal information may have been compromised as a result of a potential Presbyterian Healthcare data breach, contact Attorney Group to learn more. New Mexico residents who were affected by the data breach may be able to seek compensation with the help of a data breach lawsuit attorney.
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Employee Email Accounts Reportedly Used to Access Patient Information
In late July or early June 2019, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in New Mexico, discovered that a phishing scam was used to anonymously access the email accounts of some of its employees on or around May 9, 2019. As soon as Presbyterian Health learned of the possible data breach, the organization reportedly “secured the affected email accounts and alerted federal law enforcement.”
Although there has been no indication of any use of patient or employee information, an investigation determined at least one of the email accounts “contained provider names and Social Security numbers.” Other information may have been accessed as well, including patient names, dates of birth, and health plan and/or clinical information.
According to a report by Health IT Security, over 183,000 patients could be affected by the data incident. As a result, Presbyterian Healthcare Services is offering free credit monitoring services for one year and is adding additional protections in an attempt to prevent future data breaches.
Patients Affected by a Presbyterian Healthcare 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 Presbyterian Healthcare 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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