New York Hospital Hit With Data Breach – 135,000 Patients Affected

Unauthorized access has occurred at a New York hospital. As a result, the personal information of 135,000 patients have been exposed.

While it may not be as big as the MBM Company data leak which saw 1.3 million customers exposed, it is still a sizable one. According to SC Magazine, the St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center was hit with a data breach. An unauthorized party gained access to its servers. From the report:

St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center is reporting the breach was discovered on January 8, 2018 when the servers were found to be penetrated. The hospital does not believe any data was removed or has since been used maliciously. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights reports that 134,512 individuals could be impacted.

“For patients previously treated at the Center, their information was contained on the server in question and would have included patients’ names, dates of birth, addresses, dates of service, diagnosis codes, procedure codes, insurance information and, in some instances, Medicare information. For those patients without Medicare, social security numbers were not affected,” the hospital reported.

No banking or payment card information was involved.

The news comes as the US government considered a draft bill that would help organizations and companies to conceal such breaches. The legislation is said to only compel organizations ti disclose a breach only if personal information is being misused.

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