March 4, 2018
White and Bright Family Dental has noticed that one of its data servers saving patients’ confidential data has been hacked. Access to the Fresno, CA-situated server was acquired by the hackers on January 30, 2018.
The Fresno Police Division was swiftly made conscious of the occurrence “so that identification and trial of those involved might start.” That probe, together with the internal White and Bright Family Dental evaluations, are continuing. The dental clinic is also in the process of increasing its safety measures to prevent additional occurrences of this type from occurring.
Even though HIPAA protected organizations have up to 60 days after the detection of a breach to issue warnings to patients and the Division of Health and Human Services, White and Bright Family Dental acted quickly and sent warnings in the shortest possible timeframe to let sufferers take measures to protect their identities. Letters were delivered to patients on February 16 and the state attorney general’s office was made conscious of the breach on February 19.
White and Bright Family Dental thinks the protected health information of patients was obtained by the hackers, even though no evidence has been found to indicate any information has been copied, stolen or wrongly used.
An examination of the server indicated the following types of information were probably accessed: Names, driver’s license numbers, insurance information, Social Security details, birth dates, telephone numbers, addresses, and dental records.
Patients have been informed to be conscious of the danger of identity theft and scam and must keep a close eye on their health and account statements for any indication of fake behaviors.
The occurrence has yet to be published on the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) breach portal so it is not presently clear how many patients have been affected by the occurrence.