484,000 Aetna Members Impacted by EyeMed Phishing Incident

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Aetna has announced more than 484,000 of its members have been impacted by a data breach at a business associate that provides services for members of its vision benefits plans. In July 2020, an unauthorized individual gained access to an email account of an employee of Cincinnati-based EyeMed and used the email account to send further phishing emails to individuals in the address book of the mailbox.

EyeMed investigated the breach and determined the mailbox contained the protected health information of 484,157 Aetna members, 60,545 members of Tufts Health Plan, and around 1,300 members of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. No evidence of...

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