On August 17, 2018, Authentic Recovery Center, LLC submitted a HIPAA Email Breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Based in Los Angeles, California, Authentic Recovery Center’s email breach affected 1,790 individuals’ protected health information. Authentic Recovery Center is classified as a Healthcare Provider.
According to this report about Authentic Recovery Center’s breach:
The phishing attack was discovered on June 21, 2018 prompting a full investigation. The investigation confirmed that the breach was limited to a single email account. All other email accounts and systems remained secure at all times.
Access was first gained the email account on June 7, 2018 and continued until the breach was detected on June 21 and the account was secured. An email-by-email analysis of the compromised account revealed it contained the PII and PHI of clients and employees. Employee information accessible through the account was limited to name and driver’s license number, with the exception of two individuals who also had their address, contact telephone number, date of birth, and Social Security number exposed. Clients impacted by the incident had their name exposed, the fact that they were clients of Authentic Recovery Center, and a limited amount of clinical information. Only one individual had payment card information exposed.
While the account was accessed, no evidence has been uncovered to suggest any information was obtained or misused by the attacker. … The breach has prompted Authentic Recover Center to implement further controls to secure its email accounts and employees have been provided with further training about how they can secure information systems.
HHS Wall of Shame
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