Reston recently mentioned that it had suffered potential data breach after ransomware attack. According to the reports, the potential data breach was discovered on June 27, 2016. Unauthorized PHI access occurred between June 19, 2016 and June 27, 2016. Facility said that the criminals likely wanted to “extract money from the company in order to de-encrypt data, rather than for the misuse of patient data.”
Affected information included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security and Medicare numbers, and medical and billing records. As per the OCR data breach reporting tool, 13,237 individuals were potentially affected.
“PDC PC has already taken numerous steps to safeguard and prevent any further data breach of its network server and its patients’ protected health information; we have increased cyber security, implemented a new firewall as well as malware protection services,” Reston explained. “The data breach was immediately reported to the F.B.I. and reports are being provided to the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
Facility mentioned that it is not aware of the patient data being misused but encouraged patients to take steps to monitor their credit and financial accounts. It said that obtaining credit reports, registering a fraud alert with the credit reporting agencies, and monitoring financial and health accounts for unauthorized activity can all be beneficial. Affected individuals will be notified by the mail.
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