[BreachExchange] New Mexico health system email hacks exposed info of 183, 000 patients

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Thu Jun 18 10:22:21 EDT 2020


Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare is notifying 183,000
patients that their private information was breached in a second email
hack last year, according to local TV news website KRQE.

Four things to know:

1. Presbyterian, a nonprofit nine-hospital health system, first
reported in June 2019 that an unauthorized individual had gained
access to patient information through employees' email accounts in May
2019, and the email accounts included patient and health plan member
names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and clinical information.

2. On July 31, 2019, the health system learned about a second incident
of an unauthorized person gaining access to employee emails through a
phishing scam, and at least one of the employee email accounts
included provider names and social security numbers.

3. After the phishing attacks, the health system developed a dedicated
call center for patients affected by the incident.

4. The health system said health records or billing systems had not
been accessed and there is no evidence that patient information was

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