Nephrology Associates Data Breach Leaks Sensitive Patient Info

By
Will Gendron
May 30, 2024 7:40 PM
Data breach at Nephrology Associates exposed sensitive patient info including SSNs and medical records. Steps to protect your data detailed.
Nephrology Associates Data Breach Leaks Sensitive Patient Info

On or around February 6, 2024, Nephrology Associates, P.C., a medical practice specializing in kidney care and treatment, became aware of an extortion attack targeting its computer systems. An extortion note was discovered, prompting immediate action from the practice. They engaged cybersecurity experts to investigate the attack, which revealed that cybercriminals had accessed their systems between January 20, 2024, and February 6, 2024. The attackers exfiltrated data containing sensitive patient information. Due to the nature of the attack, it was impossible to determine the full extent of the accessed and exfiltrated data, leading to the assumption that all stored information could have been compromised.

Information types exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Medical history and treatment
  • Prescription medication details
  • Laboratory test results
  • Health insurance information
  • Social Security number
  • Billing information

Nephrology Associates' Response

In response to this severe security incident, Nephrology Associates, P.C. has taken several steps to enhance their data security and prevent future breaches. They have reviewed and updated their policies and procedures, implemented Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) across all accounts, and engaged with leading cybersecurity experts to bolster their defenses. Additionally, the practice is offering 12 or 24 months of complimentary credit monitoring and identity restoration services through IDX to support affected individuals. They have also reported the incident to law enforcement, federal and state regulators, and consumer reporting agencies as required.

Recommended Actions for Affected Individuals

If you believe your information may have been compromised in this breach, it is crucial to take immediate steps to protect your identity and financial well-being. Here are some actions you can take:

  1. Enroll in Credit Monitoring: Take advantage of the complimentary services offered by IDX. You can enroll by visiting IDX's response page using the provided enrollment code.
  2. Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye on your bank statements, credit card statements, and any other financial documents for any unauthorized activity.
  3. Check Your Credit Reports: You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once per year. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to request your reports.
  4. Place a Fraud Alert: Contact one of the major credit bureaus to request a fraud alert on your credit report. This makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.
  5. Consider a Security Freeze: This prevents creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, which prevents new accounts from being opened in your name.

About Nephrology Associates, P.C

Nephrology Associates, P.C. is a dedicated medical practice based in Birmingham, AL, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. With a commitment to providing high-quality care, they employ advanced medical practices and a patient-focused approach to address a wide range of nephrological conditions.

For further details about the breach and to view the full consumer notice, you can visit the Massachusetts Attorney General.

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