Public Health Management Corporation Notifies Consumers of Data Breach Involving Their Social Security Numbers

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On February 26, 2024, Public Health Management Corporation (“PHMC”) filed a notice of data breach with the Attorney General of Massachusetts after discovering that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to the organization’s computer network. In this notice, PHMC explains that the incident resulted in an unauthorized party being able to access consumers’ sensitive information, which includes their names, Social Security numbers, medical records, financial account information, and driver’s license numbers. Upon completing its investigation, PHMC began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was affected by the recent data security incident.

If you receive a data breach notification from Public Health Management Corporation, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. A data breach lawyer can help you learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft, as well as discuss your legal options following the Public Health Management Corporation data breach. For more information, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

What Caused the Public Health Management Corporation Data Breach?

The Public Health Management Corporation data breach was only recently announced, and more information is expected in the near future. However, PHMC’s filing with the Attorney General of Massachusetts provides some important information on what led up to the breach. According to this source, on May 8, 2023, PHMC detected unusual activity within its computer network. In response, PHMC secured its network and then enlisted the help of third-party data security specialists to investigate the incident.

The PHMC investigation ultimately found that an unauthorized party or parties was able to access its computer network, including files containing confidential consumer information, on May 8, 2023.

After learning that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Public Health Management Corporation reviewed the compromised files to determine what information was leaked and which consumers were impacted. PHMC completed this process on December 20, 2023. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, Social Security number, medical records, financial account information, and driver’s license number.

On February 26, 2024, Public Health Management Corporation sent out data breach letters to anyone who was affected by the recent data security incident. These letters should provide victims with a list of what information belonging to them was compromised.

More Information About Public Health Management Corporation

Founded in 1972, Public Health Management Corporation is a non-profit health institute based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHMC and its affiliates offer a range of programs and services, such as behavioral health & recovery, nurse-managed primary care, chronic disease management & prevention, tobacco control, obesity prevention, early intervention, HIV/AIDS, violence intervention, homeless health services, parenting support for families, and more. Public Health Management Corporation employs more than 2,500 people and generates approximately $281 million in annual revenue.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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