Emory cy­ber­at­tack af­fects 80,000 pa­tients

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Arndt

Emory Health­care has been hit with a cy­ber­at­tack that com­pro­mised the records of nearly 80,000 pa­tients who used an on­line ap­point­ment sys­tem.

The At­lanta-based health sys­tem’s ap­point­ments sys­tem was hacked some­time in January, Emory an­nounced. Hack­ers de­manded a ran­som to re­store the data. Emory did not say whether it paid the ran­som.

The breach af­fected 79,930 pa­tients of Emory Clinic’s Orthopaedics and Spine Cen­ter and Brain Health Cen­ter, Of­fi­cials of the six-hospi­tal sys­tem said the breached data­base did not in­clude fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion and So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, but did ex­pose names, birth dates and con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

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