Health officials at Broward Health said hackers gained access to its network on Oct. 15 through a third-party medical provider that had access to its system.
Broward Health detected the intrusion four days later and notified the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The hacker accessed names, birthdays, addresses, banking information, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, patient histories, and treatment and diagnosis records, among other information.
The DOJ also asked the hospital to not make the data breach public right away “to ensure that the notification does not compromise the ongoing law enforcement investigation,” Broward Health said.
Broward Health operates more than 30 health care locations in the Broward County area in southeast Florida.
If you’ve been a patient at a Broward Health hospital or medical facility, your Social Security number, financial information, even the reason you were a patient could’ve been snatched in a data breach that the hospital system announced Sunday.
And, that information could’ve been out there on the data black market for two and a half months — Broward Health says the breach happened on Oct. 15 and the chain found out about it on Oct. 19. The Department of Justice and FBI were notified that day.
Broward Health said patients’ names; birthdates; driver’s license; financial information, including bank account and insurance coverage numbers; a medical condition, treatment, diagnosis, history, record numbers; driver’s license number; email and actual address; and phone numbers. In other words, almost everything is needed for health care fraud.
You’re entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, each year.
Some people are of the belief that their Social Security Number (SSN) is the most valuable number. In reality, your mobile phone number is even more valuable to hackers and scammers.
Take this recent data breach as an example. Scammers can use the breach data to SIM Swap your number and become you. Once the scammer and hackers have control of your number it is a matter of minutes to hours before they reak havoc on your entire life. These scammers and hackers, now that they control your number, can gain access and steal all your bank accounts, crypto, social media, and other accounts. We take for granted how much our mobile controls in our lives.
It is time you protect yourself today and get SAFE secured.