On November 12, 2019, Connecticut-based healthcare provider Starling Physicians P.C. revealed that a phishing attack earlier this year affected email accounts of employees. The compromised accounts contained certain patients’ names, addresses, dates of birth, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, medical information, and health insurance or billing information.
The attack occurred in February 2019, and the investigation was completed in September 2019. On November 12, the medical center notified all the impacted patients regarding the breach. They are also offered free credit monitoring services for the patients whose Social Security numbers were compromised. The affected patients were also given instructions to monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.
"Upon learning of the incident, we promptly secured the email accounts to prevent further access" Starling's statement said. "We also retained a leading forensic security firm to investigate and conduct a comprehensive search for any personal information in the impacted accounts."
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