Cyberattack led to IT outage at 8 Texas cancer clinics: 36,000 exposed

Exploit: Ransomware

Austin Cancer Centers: Specialty Medical Clinic System


Risk to Business: 1.623 = Severe Austin (Texas) Cancer Centers are notifying 36,503 patients of a data breach that forced it to shut down its IT networks. The cancer treatment network, which has eight locations, discovered that hackers had deployed ransomware onto its systems. Cybersecurity experts determined that hackers had made the intrusion and remained invisible since late July 2021.


Individual Risk: 1.702 = Severe Exposed information may include Social Security numbers, names, addresses, birthdates, credit card numbers and health-related information. For patients affected, Austin Cancer Centers offers online credit monitoring services and fraud insurance with coverage up to $1,000,000.

Customers Impacted: 36,503
How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Data from medical centers is always a valuable commodity for cybercriminals because it can provide PII, financial information and other profitable tidbits.

Risk Levels:
1 - 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 - 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 - 3 = Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

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