Banner Health Data Breach: Your Healthcare Information May Have Been Leaked!
Banner Health Data Breach
I got this letter in the mail today! I marked out the identifying information because it’s for my daughter. This is a BIG DEAL! They’re saying we need fraud protection because of potential identity theft issues.
A large-scale cyberattack at Banner Health that began June 17 compromised the records of up to 3.7 million patients, health-insurance-plan members, food and drink customers, doctors and others at Arizona’s largest health-care provider’s facilities.
This is NOT a breach that only affected patients! If you visited a Banner Health, you need to read this!
Banner Health discovered unusual activity on its computer servers in late June and uncovered evidence of two attacks, with hackers accessing both patient records and payment-card records of food and beverage customers.
The Phoenix-based health-care provider said Wednesday that it will mail letters to 3.7 million patients, health-insurance customers, cafeteria customers, doctors and other health-care providers notifying them about details of the cyberattack and steps they can take to protect themselves. Banner employees, many of whom are patients and covered by Banner Health insurance plans, also are believed to be victims of the attack.
The Banner Health attack is the latest and largest among 32 known data breaches involving Arizona-based health and medical providers since 2010.
Data-security experts say health-care providers increasingly face sophisticated attacks from hackers seeking detailed medical records to resell on the black market.
A record containing a name, address and Social Security number may sell for $1 to $3 on the black market. But he said detailed medical records with unique patient identifying numbers can fetch up to $100 per record.