Southwest Health Center hit by data breach

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Southwest Health Center has reported a suspected breach of its ‌patient and employee data.

The Wisconsin-based healthcare provider first learned of the ‌cyber attack in January. Besides reinforcing its network, the company sought help from cybersecurity experts to conduct a forensic investigation.


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The investigation revealed unauthorised access or acquisition of certain personal information was indeed plausible.

The potentially impacted information, as assessed by Southwest Health, includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's license or state identification card numbers, financial account numbers, medical information, and/or health insurance information.

Despite the severity of the data security incident, Southwest Health is yet to witness foul play or misuse of any stolen information.

On July 5, the firm provided notice to potentially impacted individuals, including steps they can take to protect their personal and protected health information.

Southwest Health is also offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services, in light of the incident.

“The privacy and protection of personal and protected health information is our top priority. We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this incident caused,” stated Southwest Health Center.