Email Account Breach at Law Firm Affects More Than 36,000 UPMC Patients

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has announced the protected health information of more than 36,000 patients has potentially been accessed by unauthorized individuals following a cyberattack on a company that provides billing-related legal services to UPMC.

In June 2020, Charles J. Hilton & Associates P.C. (CJH) discovered suspicious activity in its employee email system and launched an investigation. On July 21, 2020, CJH determined that hackers had gained access to the email accounts of several of its employees between April 1, 2020 and June 25, 2020.

Computer forensics specialists conducted an extensive investigation into the incident to determine which information was accessed or obtained by the hackers. UPMC said it...

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