Texas Dental Practice Says Patient PHI ‘Accessed, Copied’ in 2021 Malware Incident
A Texas dental and orthodontic practice that has 70 offices in the state and boasts of being “the official dentist” of a National Basketball Association team is notifying more than 1 million individuals of a 2021 malware incident involving patient information being viewed and copied by attackers.
Dallas-based JDC Healthcare Management, which operates under the name Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics and says on its website that it is the “official dentist” of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, reported on Thursday to the Texas attorney general’s office that personal and health information of nearly 1.03 million Texans had been affected in the incident, which was discovered last summer.
In a breach notification statement, JDC says that on or about Aug. 9, 2021, it became aware of a malware incident affecting certain company systems.
“JDC immediately worked to restore its systems and launched an investigation, with assistance from third-party computer forensic specialists, to determine the nature and scope of the incident.”
On Aug. 13, 2021, JDC determined that certain documents stored within its environment had been copied from or viewed on the system as part of the cyber incident occurring between July 27 and Aug. 16, 2021. “While to date, the…