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Data of 40,000 Stamford Podiatry Group patients compromised

Connecticut-based Stamford Podiatry Group is notifying patients that medical and personal information was compromised in a recent security incident.

How many victims? 40,491

What type of information? Names, medical history and treatment information, name, social security numbers, dates of birth, gender, marital status, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, names of treating and referring doctors, and insurance coverage information were all compromised in the breach.

What happened? On April 14 officials discovered that an unauthorized individual had covert access to the group's systems including its electronic database between February 22 and April 14.

What was the response? The practice has completed a forensics review and taken measures to ensure the termination of all unauthorized access to the compromised systems. It is also in the process of implementing additional security measures to protect against future intrusions. Those who have been affected are being offered a year of free credit monitoring services.

Quote: “We will continue to take appropriate steps to respond to this intrusion and to prevent future intrusions,” Stamford Podiatry Group Vice President Dr. Rui DeMelo said in the breach notification.

Source: Stamford Podiatry Group Notice of Data Security Incident, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

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