Pittsburgh area law firm Charles J. Hilton & Associates P.C. (CJH) recently suffered a breach that exposed over 36,000 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) patient records. Suspicious activity on the CJH employee email system led to an investigation which determined the unauthorized access took place between April and June of 2020. CJH has notified UPMC and the law firm is in the process of notifying all the affected parties. Data that was accessed included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, bank or financial account numbers, driver’s license numbers, state identification card numbers, electronic signatures, medical record numbers, patient account numbers, patient control numbers, visit numbers, and trip numbers. Additional information is also believed to be affected, including Medicare or Medicaid identification numbers, individual health insurance or subscriber numbers, group health insurance or subscriber numbers, medical benefits and entitlement information, disability access and accommodation, and information related to occupational health, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, prescriptions or medications, drug tests, billing or claims, and/or disability. At this time, CJH stated that they have no reason to believe the information was misused, and they are offering free comprehensive credit monitoring along with identity monitoring to those who were affected.
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