[BreachExchange] Presbyterian alerts 183, 000 patients of data breach

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Wed Aug 7 10:04:31 EDT 2019


Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services began mailing
letters to 183,000 patients Aug. 2 notifying them of a data breach
that may have exposed their personal information, according to the
Albuquerque Journal.

An employee at the nonprofit health system fell victim to a phishing
attack May 9. Presbyterian became aware that an unauthorized
third-party had gained access to the email account on June 9.

Patient information that may have been affected included names, dates
of birth, Social Security numbers and other types of information.
Presbyterian is unaware of any misuse, reports the Albuquerque
Journal. The health system also said that the hackers did not gain
access to its EHR or patient billing information.

Since the incident, Presbyterian has added additional security
measures to protect its email system. Additionally, the health system
will continue to conduct its annual security training for employees.

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