Singing River Health System Confirms Cyberattack and Investigates Possible Data Breach

Console and Associates, P.C.

On August 31, 2023, Singing River Health System (“SRHS”) posted an “Operations Update'' describing a recent data security incident that raises concerns about the security of patient information. The incident stems from a “sophisticated and malicious' ' cyberattack in which unauthorized actors were able to access SRHS’s computer network. If the SRHS investigation confirms that patient data was leaked, the company will be required to send 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 Singing River Health System, 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 a possible Singing River data breach. For more information, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

More About the Singing River Cyberattack

The Singing River cyberattack was only recently announced, and more information is expected in the near future. However, SRHS’s website notice provides some important information on what led up to the breach. According to this source, on August 19, 2023, SRHS learned that it had been the target of a cyberattack. In response, SRHS immediately launched an investigation to learn more about the attack. Singing River also shut down portions of its computer network to prevent additional access.

Ultimately, the SRHS investigation concluded that the incident was “sophisticated and malicious” in nature, which prompted the company to inform law enforcement. SRSH is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the cause and impact of the incident. SRSH indicated that it will continue to provide the community with updates as they become available.

On August 31, 2023, Singing River posted a follow-up notice on its website, explaining what the company has done since it learned about the cyberattack. If the SRHS investigation confirms that patient information was leaked, SRHS will be required under federal law to send 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 Singing River Health System

Founded in 1931, Singing River Health System is a healthcare system headquartered in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Singing River Health System is made up of three hospitals: Pascagoula Hospital, Ocean Springs Hospital, and Gulfport Hospital. In addition, SRHS operates dozens of primary care medical clinics, community medical parks, and specialty medical centers in Mississippi. Singing River employs more than 2,200 people and generates approximately $367 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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