Hackers gain access to 30,000 InterMed patients’ protected health information

Exploit: Compromised email account
InterMed: Maine-based physician group

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Risk to Small Business: 1.777 = Severe: Hackers gained access to four employee email accounts that contained patients’ protected health information. The first employee account was accessed on September 6th, and the subsequent accounts were available between September 7th and September 10th. Although InterMed did not report the specific vulnerability that led to the breach, credential stuffing and phishing attacks were likely the culprit. The company’s slow response time and the sensitive nature of the compromised data will result in regulatory scrutiny that will amplify the post-breach impact.

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Individual Risk: 2.428 = Severe: Patients’ protected health data was compromised in the breach. This includes names, dates of birth, health insurance information, and clinical data. In addition, some Social Security numbers were exposed to hackers. This information has a ready market on the Dark Web, and those impacted by the breach should take every precaution to protect their identity.

Customers Impacted: 30,000
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Data breaches are becoming increasingly costly, so sufficiently addressing defensible threats should be a top priority for every organization. Employee email accounts are often a top target for hackers who use phishing campaigns and credential stuffing attacks to gain access to their account data. Comprehensive awareness training and Dark Web services that provide advanced notification when credentials are compromised can position companies to protect this easy access point from bad actors.

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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