Partners Health Care breach: Here comes the flood

A phishing attack that led to the compromise of patient information at Partners Health Care could be the start of a predicted flood of such attacks against healthcare providers.

The breach discovered Nov. 25, 2014 exposed the group’s email accounts to the attackers. A notice posted by Partners says some of the emails compromised contained “names, addresses dates of birth, telephone numbers, and, in some instances, Social Security numbers, and some of our patients’ clinical information, such as diagnosis, treatment received, medical record numbers, medical diagnosis codes, or health insurance information.”

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Network World Tim Greene