Among the latest incidents added to the HHS tally: an attack at an Atlanta clinic affecting 531,000 individuals
As of Dec. 5, some 286 breaches affecting more than 15 million individuals have been posted to the HHS Office of Civil Rights’ “wall of shame” tally in 2016. Of those, 93 were hacking incidents; they affected a total of more than 12 million individuals.
The Atlanta breach was reported to HHS on Nov. 18 by Peachtree Orthopaedics Clinic. The clinic confirmed the Sept. 22 intrusion in an Oct. 4 statement, and it said it was working closely with forensic experts and the FBI to investigate and address the situation.
“While the investigation is ongoing, there is evidence indicating that information such as patient names, home addresses, email addresses, and dates of birth was potentially taken. In some cases the patient’s treatment code, prescription records, or Social Security number may also have been taken.”
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