Email security incidents reported by HealthPlex and Optima Dermatology
Email security incidents reported by HealthPlex and Optima Dermatology

Email security incidents reported by HealthPlex and Optima Dermatology

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Healthplex Inc., one of the largest providers of dental insurance in the state of New York, has announced that an employee’s email account was compromised in a phishing attack on November 24, 2021. Following the discovery of the breach, e -mail account immediately secured to prevent further unauthorized access, and an investigation was launched to determine the nature and extent of the breach.

On April 5, 2021, Healthplex confirmed that the email account contained personal and protected health information for 89,955 individuals who had previously signed up for its dental plans. The exposed information varied from individual to individual and may have included first and last names in combination with one or more of the following data types:

Address, group name and number, member ID number, plan affiliation, date of birth, service date, provider name, ADA codes and their description, invoiced / paid amounts, names of prescription drugs, CPR number, bank details, credit card number, username and password for the member portal , e-mail address, telephone number and driving license number.

Healthplex said notice letters were sent to affected individuals on April 15, 2022, who have been offered free identity theft protection through Lifelock. Steps have also been taken to improve the security of its email environment to prevent similar breaches in the future.

Optima Dermatology Email Breach affects nearly 60,000 patients

Optima Dermatology Holdings has announced that it has experienced an email security incident that resulted in the exposure of the protected health information to patients from The Dermatology Center of Indiana and the Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center.

Optima Dermatology did not disclose when the breach of email security was discovered, but said that after a comprehensive forensic examination, it was determined on February 17, 2022 that the breach was limited to a single email account accessed by an unauthorized person. between August 30, 2021 and September 2, 2021.

A review of the e-mail account revealed that it contained protected health information for 59,872 persons, such as full names, dates of birth, medical treatment and / or condition information, health insurance requirements and / or application information, health insurance policy and / or subscriber numbers and medical record numbers. No evidence was found indicating that CPR numbers, driving license numbers or financial account / debit card information were disclosed or compromised.

Optima Dermatology said notification letters were sent to affected individuals on April 18, 2022, and additional security measures have been implemented to prevent further attacks.

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