405,000 People Affected by St. Joseph Health System Data Breach

Texas’ St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) recently announced that patient and employee information may have been exposed when hackers accessed an SJHS server between December 16 and December 18, 2013 (h/t HealthITSecurity).

The server in question was shut down as soon as the breach was discovered on December 18, 2013.

“Our investigation, which is ongoing, determined that this security attack may have resulted in unauthorized access to records for some SJHS patients, employees, and some employees’ beneficiaries,” SJHS privacy officer Denise Goffney said in a statement. “These records included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and possibly addresses. For the affected patients, medical information was also accessible. For some of the affected employees, bank account information was also accessible.”

The Eagle reports that more than 405,000 people have been affected by the breach.

All those affected are being advised to review their account statements and credit reports for suspicious activity, and are being offered one year of free identity protection services from AllClear ID.

Patients and employees with questions are advised to contact (855) 731-6011.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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