Urol­ogy Austin re­ports pa­tient data breach

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

IN BRIEF

A clinic with lo­ca­tions through­out Cen­tral Texas is warn­ing pa­tients their records — in­clud­ing med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion — might have been ob­tained dur­ing a data breach.

In a let­ter sent this week, Urol­ogy Austin says it was the vic­tim of a ran­somware at­tack on Jan. 22.

“Within min­utes, we were alerted to the at­tack, our com­puter net­work was shut down, and we be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the let­ter says. “We also be­gan to take steps to re­store the im­pacted data and our op­er­a­tions.”

Urol­ogy Austin says records it be­lieves were ob­tained dur­ing the at­tack in­clude names, ad­dresses, birth dates, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers and med­i­cal records.

The clinic says it isn’t aware of the records be­ing mis­used, but Urol­ogy Austin is pro­vid­ing af­fected pa­tients with a free oneyear sub­scrip­tion to a credit mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice.

Pa­tients with ques­tions about the data breach can also call 1-800877-2611 week­days be­tween 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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