St Joseph/Candler has sent a security incident notice to 1.4 million users, that carries a potential data breach warning. Personal and financial details of patients and other people seem to have been compromised in a ransomware attack that happened in December 2020 last. You can read full details of the ransomware attack on this link – https://www.sjchs.org/patient-privacy/policy/notice-to-our-patients-of-a-data-security-incident.
St Joseph/Candler is the largest healthcare provider in Savannah, Georgia. Some of the significant aspects of the ransomware attack are presented by the hospital in its security incident report. From the report, we find that the IT network and systems were exposed to external threats between 18th December to 17th June.
The extent of this data breach is massive. Patient details, including the Social Security number and the type of medical treatment received by the patient has also been a part of this potential data breach.
SJ/C started sending letters through mail to the affected individuals. It has also suggested that patients should keep a watch on the statements from other health care providers.
Attacks on the IT networks and systems of healthcare providers have been happening with alarming speed and regularity and most healthcare providers lose data to ransomware. They are seldom able to restore the data from backups.
SJ/C has disclosed that it is taking safeguards against any potential new ransomware attacks on its networks and systems.
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