On May 1, 2019, the California-based Partners In Care Foundation revealed that an email phishing attack may have compromised its patients' medical information. The exposed information included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnoses, treatment records, medications, insurance information, and Social Security numbers.
Between November 17 and December 12, 2018, attackers accessed employee email accounts, which contained patients' protected health information (PHI). However, the attack wasn't discovered until March 4, 2019. As soon as it was identified, Partners In Care hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to conduct a thorough investigation of its email systems. The investigations revealed that no financial data was compromised in the attack. Partners In Care subsequently notified all affected patients and urged them to monitor their accounts for any fraudulent activities.
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