Missouri hospital notifies patients of employee email hack exposing PHI: 5 things to know

The health center informed clients on Oct. 22 that two worker emails were hacked around Aug. 23. The emails contained some individual details.
Patient names, birth dates, diagnostic codes, company names and other health details was included in the breached email accounts.

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Five information:
1. The health center alerted clients on Oct. 22 that 2 employee emails were hacked around Aug. 23. The e-mails included some individual information.
2. Perry County Memorial obstructed the suspicious activity and worked with outside professionals to investigate the occurrence.
3. On Sept. 10, the healthcare facility found one of the email accounts was at threat of being copied and the occurrence was investigated.
4. Client names, birth dates, diagnostic codes, service provider names and other health info was included in the breached e-mail accounts. Some clients Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers and other medical insurance info were potentially exposed also.
5. The incident exposed details for 501 people, according to HHS.

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Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo., reported an unauthorized individual got to two employee e-mail accounts previously this year.
The FBI, the HHS and the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Company under the Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory on Oct. 28 describing how phishing emails can disperse ransomware and alerting hospitals that malware can exist in the system for an amount of time prior to disrupting IT networks.