2nd cyberattack at Maryland surgery center affects more than 2,000 patients

Angie Stewart - Print  |

Palisades Eye Surgery Center in Bethesda, Md., was hit by a data breach, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights

Five details:

1. The email hack at Rockville Eye Surgery Center, which is doing business as Palisades Eye Surgery Center, affected 2,696 individuals. A surgery center representative wasn't available for comment at the time of publication.

2. The surgery center reported the breach on July 17. It's unclear when the breach occurred, but no business associate was present.

3. In February 2018, law practice Jackson Lewis wrote a letter on behalf of Palisades Eye Surgery Center informing Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh that the practice had experienced a cyberattack.

4. The incident was discovered on Jan. 23, 2018, and potentially exposed the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical information of 10 patients or prospective patients, according to the letter. Palisades notified patients of the unauthorized access.

5. Jackson Lewis said the surgery center also reexamined its privacy and data security policies and procedures, reviewed its technical security policies and procedures, and made improvements to minimize the risk of future cyberattacks. 

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