Company’s Data Breach Potentially Impacted 750,000 Patients And 522 Current/Former Oregon Anesthesiology Group Employees
In a December 6, 2021 Notice of Data Breach, Oregon Anesthesiology Group, P.C. (“OAG”) stated that OAG “. . . experienced a cyberattack on July 11,  after which [OAG was] briefly locked out of [its] servers.”
The data breach notice stated that
[o]n October 21, the FBI notified OAG that it had seized an account belonging to HelloKitty, a Ukrainian hacking group, which contained OAG patient and employee files. The FBI believes HelloKitty exploited a vulnerability in [OAG’s] third-party firewall, enabling the hackers to gain entry to the network. According to the cyber forensics report obtained by OAG in late November, the cybercriminals, once inside, were able to data-mine the administrator’s credentials and access OAG’s encrypted data.
Patient information potentially involved in this incident included names, addresses, date(s) of service, diagnosis and procedure codes with descriptions, medical record numbers, insurance provider names, and insurance ID numbers. OAG does not store patients’ full medical records or their Social Security or credit card numbers, and these data were not involved. The cybercriminals also potentially accessed current and former OAG employee data, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other details from W-2 forms on file.
OAG also stated in its data breach notice that “[t]he data breach potentially impacted about 750,000 patients and 522 current and former OAG employees.” [All emphasis added.]
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