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

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Tue Aug 27 10:08:23 EDT 2019


Albuquerque, N.M-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services is notifying
patients of a phishing attack at the health system that may have
exposed their protected health information, according to theHIPAA

The nonprofit health system discovered June 6 that an unauthorized
third party gained access to employees' email accounts. Upon
investigation, Presbyterian learned the email account stored
information for 183,370 patients.

Patient data that may have been affected includes names, dates of
birth, Social Security numbers and clinical and health plan
information. Presbyterian is recommending patients check their
statements from providers and health plans for signs of data misuse.

Since the phishing attack, Presbyterian has adding security to protect
its email system. Employees are now required to undergo annual
security training and are sent reminders about cybersecurity threats.

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