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Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association Email Breach Impacts 34,000 Patients

HIPAA Journal

The Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association (EHOA), a team of ophthalmology specialists serving Pittsburgh, PA & Warrendale, PA, has discovered an unauthorized individual gained access to the email account of one of its employees and potentially viewed patient information.

EHOA became aware of a breach on March 23, 2020 when suspicious activity was detected in the employee’s email account. After securing the account, third party forensic specialists were engaged to investigate the incident. The investigation confirmed that the breach was limited to a single email account, which was breached between February 25, 2020 and March 25, 2020.

A comprehensive review of emails and attachments in the account revealed...

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