Malware Discovered on Networks of Squirrel Hill Health Center and La Clinica de la Raza

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, CA is alerting certain patients about a potential breach of their protected health information. Malware was detected on systems containing patient data on January 28, 2021.

A third-party forensics company was engaged to assist with the investigation into the malware attack and determined on February 26, 2021 that the malware would have allowed files containing patient data to be accessed. The breach was short lived, as the malware had been installed and was only active on January 12, 2021.

During the short period of time that the malware was active it is possible that documents were viewed by unauthorized individuals, but the clinic believes relatively few documents were viewed. Those documents included full names, dates of birth, phone numbers, home addresses, health insurance information, and certain health information such as dates of service, diagnosis, test results, and treatment information related to medical services provided at the clinic.

Steps have been taken to...

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