Breach Victims File Class Action Lawsuit Against Einstein Healthcare

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Einstein Healthcare Network is facing a class-action lawsuit, following the August 2020 hack of several employee email accounts. The breach victims claim the Pennsylvania-based health system failed to properly secure and safeguard the protected health information of patients.

Einstein notified the public of the compromise in January 2020, nearly six months after the security incident. According to the Department of Health and Human Services breach reporting tool, the email hack compromised the data of 353,616 patients.

An attacker gained access to the accounts for 12 days between August 5 and August 17, 2020. The accounts contained a wide range of patient data, including...

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