300,000 patients and employees at UConn could have possibly had their personal information exposed from a recent data breach involving emails. The health network announced the massive data breach on Friday.
UConn Health says there could be more than 300,000 people were potentially affected by this data breach, which could go back months.
For about half of those people, that includes potentially compromised Social Security numbers.
UConn Health says somebody illegally got a hold of employee email accounts which contained personal information including names, addresses, limited medical information, and billing information.
UConn Health says once they learned this, they secured the affected accounts and notified law-enforcement. They’ve also hired a leading forensic security firm to investigate and conduct a comprehensive search for any personal information in the affected accounts.
Tech expert George W. Kudelchuk III of Kelser Corporation says to take action immediately: “Folks were potentially affected, it’s very important that they do their due diligence, put watches on their Social Security, check the credit card information, change the passwords, you have to be very proactive.”
UConn health is offering free identity theft protection for those individuals affected. If you are a patient in the UConn health system and want to know if you’ve been affected, visit health.uconn.edu/securityincident, or call 1-877-734-5353 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.