Ransomware Attack Might Have Affected up to 3,700 Rise Wisconsin Plan Members

June 14, 2018


3,700 plan members of Rise Wisconsin are being cautioned that some of their PHI might have been gotten by illegal people during the latest ransomware attack.

It is assessed that the ransomware was placed on its IT systems around April 8, 2018. The ransomware attack was recognized quickly, even though not in time to evade the encryption of data.

Rise Wisconsin (formerly called Community Partnerships Inc., and Center for Families) engaged third-party computer forensics specialists to assist with the breach inquiry and recovery procedure. Although the review didn’t find any evidence to indicate PHI was retrieved or taken in the hack, it was not possible to exclude data access and data thievery with a high level of confidence.

The type of data that probably was retrieved by the hackers includes names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and, for particular patients, a restricted amount of health data.  No financial particulars were undermined.

Rise Wisconsin has not disclosed how much the attackers wanted in return for the safety keys to release the encrypted data or whether that ransom call was met.

Rise Wisconsin takes the safety of health information very earnestly and had put in place a variety of safety measures to avoid the illegal retrieving of PHI. In this case those controls proved inadequate; nevertheless, steps have now been taken to reinforce safety and exclude more occurrences of this type. Those measures contain placing more constraints on network access and enhancing staff information safety consciousness education.

The occurrence has been made known to proper authorities and police is looking into the attack. The breach report filed with the Division of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) affirms that 3,731 plan subscribers’ members have been affected by the cyberattack.