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Third-Party Ransomware Attack Compromises Data of 16,000 Redwood Eye Care Center Patients

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Dec
2018
Third-Party Ransomware Attack Compromises Data of 16,000 Redwood Eye Care Center Patients

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Ransomware has struck again in the medical sector, this time affecting ophthalmology practice Redwood Eye Care Center in California through a security incident at a third party, its EMR hosting vendor. Personal data of as many as 16,055 California residents may have been exposed.

According to a breach notice sent by Redwood Eye Care Center to the Attorney General, IT Lighthouse, the vendor responsible for keeping the entire patient medical database on their servers, including names, addresses, medical treatment, health insurance details and dates of birth, fell victim to a ransomware attack in September. The residents affected were immediately notified of the privacy breach, and Redwood has switched vendors and taken the appropriate steps to strengthen security and ensure prevent future incidents.

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