Texas health system attacked, data on more than 400K compromised

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More than 400,000 patients and employees of St. Joseph Health System in Texas are being notified that their personal information – including Social Security numbers and, in some cases, bank account information – may have been accessed following an attack on the health system's computer system.

How many victims? More than 400,000 patients, employees and employee beneficiaries.  

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. For patients, medical records were accessible. For some employees, banking information was accessible.

What happened? Attackers gained unauthorized access to one server on the St. Joseph computer system, which contained the data.

What was the response? Upon learning of the breach, St. Joseph immediately shut down access to the compromised computer and hired national security and computer forensics experts to investigate. The FBI has been alerted and is looking into the incident. All impacted individuals are being notified, and are being offered one free year of identity protection services.

Details: Attackers gained unauthorized access to the computer server between Dec. 16, 2013, and Dec. 18, 2013. St. Joseph learned of the incident and shut down the compromised computer on Dec. 18, 2013.

Quote: “While it is possible that some information was accessed or taken, the forensics investigation has been unable to confirm this, which is why we are providing this notice,” Denise Goffney, corporate compliance officer and privacy officer with St. Joseph, wrote in the notification letter.

Source: st-joseph.org, “St. Joseph Health System – Notice of Data Security Incident,” Feb. 5, 2014.

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