Star Refining & Express MRI Report Phishing Attacks

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The Peachtree Corners, GA-based medical imaging center, Express MRI, has started notifying patients that some of their protected health information has been exposed in a historic data breach. Express MRI discovered on July 10, 2020 that an unauthorized individual had gained access to one of its email accounts and used that account to send unauthorized emails. The incident was investigated at the time, but it was determined that no patient information had been accessed.

A secondary review of the security breach was conducted on June 10, 2021, and while no specific evidence was uncovered that indicated there had been unauthorized data access or data theft, Express MRI concluded that it was not actually possible to totally rule out unauthorized data access or exfiltration, therefore breach notification letters were warranted.

A review of the compromised account confirmed the following information may have been accessed or acquired: Names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, patient ages, referring physician names, body part scanned, and whether the scan was related to a workers’ compensation claim or motor vehicle accident investigation. No other patient data were present in the compromised email accounts.

Express MRI said it took, “significant and immediate steps” to respond to the incident, including assembling a team of highly qualified experts to reinforce the security of its information systems and implement additional safeguards to prevent further breaches.

Star Refining Phishing Attack Affects 1,910 Individuals

Adelda Health, Inc. dba Star Refining, has discovered the personal information of 1,910 individuals has potentially been viewed or obtained by unauthorized individuals who gained access to the email accounts of several of its employees following responses to phishing emails.

The breach was detected by the West Palm Beach, FL-based dental refining company on April 29, 2021 and a third-party computer forensics firm was engaged to ensure the incident was fully remediated and to determine the nature and scope of the breach.

A review of the compromised email accounts revealed they contained sensitive data such as first and last names, mailing addresses, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, and credit card/financial information; however, no evidence was found that indicated emails containing that information were viewed or acquired during the time the accounts were accessible. The first of the accounts were discovered to have been accessed on April 12, 2021.

Notifications started to be sent to affected individuals on July 22, 2021. Complimentary Experian Identity Works credit monitoring and identity theft protection services have been offered to affected individuals.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.

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