Unauthorized Access to Employee Email at Dental Insurance Company Responsible for PHI Breach
When: Reported 26 March 2019
# of records involved: 38,260 patients
What happened: Hack involving an employee’s email account that held protected health information
How did it happen: Superior Dental Care, an Ohio dental insurance carrier, has discovered an unauthorized individual has gained access to an employee’s email account and potentially viewed the protected health information of certain members.
Outcome: A third-party computer forensics firm was called in to assist with the investigation and determine the nature and scope of the breach. All individuals affected by the breach have now been notified by mail and the breach has been reported to appropriate authorities.