Ransomware Attack Unleashed in the Cloud Affects Multiple Healthcare Provider Clients

| May 14, 2021

By Steve Alder–CaptureRx, a San Antonio, TX-based provider of 340B administrative services to healthcare providers, has suffered a ransomware attack in which files containing the protected health information of customers’ patients were stolen.

The security breach was detected on February 19, 2021, with the investigation confirming unauthorized individuals had accessed and acquired files containing sensitive data on February 6, 2021. A review of those files was completed on March 19, 2021 and affected healthcare provider clients were notified between March 30 and April 7, 2021.

CaptureRx has since been working with the affected healthcare providers to notify all individuals affected. The types of data exposed and acquired by the attackers was limited to names, dates of birth, prescription information and, for a limited number of patients, medical record numbers.

CaptureRx had security systems in place to ensure the privacy and security of healthcare data, but the attackers had managed to bypass those protections. Following the attack, policies and procedures were reviewed and enhanced and additional training has been provided to the workforce to reduce the risk of any further security breaches.

It is currently unclear how many of its healthcare provider clients have been affected nor the total number of individuals impacted by the breach. Breach victims include:

  • The Mohawk Valley Health System affiliate, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in New York – 17,655 patients.
  • Randolph, VT-based Gifford Health Care – 6,777 patients.
  • Thrifty Drug Stores (Thrifty White) – 3,958 patients.
  • Brownsville Community Health Center – 4,200+ patients
  • Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York – Currently unknown number of patients.

CaptureRx said the investigation into the breach has not uncovered evidence to suggest any actual or attempted misuse of data stolen in the attack; however, affected individuals have been advised to monitor their account and explanation of benefits statements for signs of fraudulent activity.

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