Valley Hope is a treatment center for addiction patients and recently they have suffered a data breach. The breach led to 70,000 patients’ data being compromised. Suspicious activity coming from an employee email led to an investigation. This investigation concluded that in fact an employee email account was compromised, and the attacker accessed an email with attachments that included patients’ personal info. Patient names, addresses, medication/ prescription information, SSN’s, financial information, driver’s licenses and ID card numbers, billing and claim info, DOB, health insurance info, medical records, and doctors’ names were all accessed in the breach. Valley Hope has begun informing the patients who may have been affected in the breach.
Users are recommended to take advantage of the resource page Valley Hope has set up. Contact all institutes and make them aware that personal information has been accessed and let them know to be on the lookout for fraud attempts. Users should also utilize the free 12-month identity theft monitoring services that Valley Hope is providing.