As announced NorthShore University HealthSystem, personal information of approximately 348.000 people may have been exposed as a result of one data breach held at one of the healthcare system suppliers earlier this year.
NorthShore recently sent a letter to those affected by the hack, informing them that information, including names, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, names of doctors, and dates of admission and discharge were leaked.
However, no patient medical records were leaked, according to NorthShore spokesman Jim Anthony. THE Blackbaud informed NorthShore that no credit card information, bank account information, social security number or user login credentials were affected by attack.
"Based on what is involved data"There is a low risk for those affected," he said.
Anthony said those affected may include patients, donors and / or staff, but gave no further details.
Blackbaud provides software services to the NorthShore Foundation, as well as to 35.000 other nonprofits, NorthShore said in a letter to those affected. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare recently informed approximately 56.000 donors and patients that their personal information may have been exposed to the breach.
NorthShore and Northwestern reported violations to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Blackbaud breach was the result of an attack ransomware, in which cybercriminals try to lock companies out of their data and servers and then demand ransom to restore access. Blackbaud discovered the attack in May. NorthShore learned of the violation on July 22, according to its letter.
Blackbaud stated that "there is no reason to believe that any data stolen from this hack has been used or will be misused. Or that they will be made available to the public in another way. "
NorthShore recommends that affected individuals monitor their personal accounts for suspicious activity.