The Podiatric Offices of Bobby Yee experienced a ransomware attack on October 29, 2018. The attack resulted in the encryption of medical records and other files containing protected health information (PHI). The compromised files contained information including full names, addresses, contact phone numbers, birth dates, gender, health insurance details and Social Security numbers. Up to 24,000 patients have potentially been affected by the breach.
Immediate action was taken to protect PHI following the discovery of the attack. No evidence was uncovered to suggest the attacker accessed or copied any patient information. The aim of the attack appears to have been solely to extort money from the practice.
The Podiatric Offices of Bobby Yee issued a press release on December 20, 2018, which stated that patient information may have ben corrupted as a result of the attack and that it may be necessary to reconfirm patient information.
Humana Informs Patients of PHI Breach at Business Associate
Health insurer Bankers Life has experienced a data breach that has affected individuals who applied for insurance through Humana or took out a health insurance policy.
The hackers accessed Bankers Life systems from May 30 to September 12, 2018 using an employee’s stolen credentials. The breach was discovered on August 7, 2018. The breach was one of 2018’s largest healthcare data breaches and affected approximately 566,217 people, as per the November 2018 breach report released by CNO Financial Group, of which Bankers Life is a subsidiary.
Humana informed the California Attorney General about the breach on January 3, 2019. The breach report stated that Humana learned of the breach on October 25, 2018.
People who applied for a health insurance policy through Humana in the past may have been affected. The applicants’ compromised information includes names, birth dates, addresses, last four digits of Social Security numbers, Humana health insurance application numbers, policy numbers, and the cost of coverage.
Bankers Life has offered free credit monitoring and identity repair services for one year to affected individuals. The exact number of Humana insurance applicants affected has not been made public at the time of writing.