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UConn Health Among the Latest Phishing Victim

February 25, 2019 / Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Phishing and other hacking incidents have led to several recently reported large health data breaches, including one that UConn Health reports affected 326,000 individuals. In describing a phishing attack, UConn Health says that on Dec. 24, 2018, it determined that an unauthorized third party illegally accessed a limited number of employee email accounts containing patient information, including some individuals' names, dates of birth, addresses and limited medical information, such as billing and appointment information. The accounts also contained the Social Security numbers of some individuals. Several other healthcare entities also have recently reported to federal regulators data breaches involving apparent phishing and other email-related attacks. "All of these incidents speak to the rampant attacks we are seeing across healthcare, and yet organizations are still not investing enough in protection or detection," says Mac McMillan, CEO of security consulting firm Cyn...