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228,000 Individuals Impacted by Legacy Community Health Services Phishing Attack

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Legacy Community Health Services in Texas is alerting 228,009 patients about a data breach involving some of their protected health information (PHI). The PHI was stored in an email account that was accessed by an unauthorized individual.

The breach was detected on July 29, 2020, one day after an employee responded to a phishing email and disclosed login credentials to the attacker. The account was immediately secured and a computer forensics firm was engaged to assist with the investigation.

No evidence was found to indicate emails were viewed by the attacker or that electronic protected health information was stolen, although the possibility of data theft could not be totally discounted. The compromised email account contained...

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