Hackers Target Planned Parenthood, Compromising Records for Thousands

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Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles affiliate said that a hacker recently compromised information for 400,000 patients in a ransomware attack, but it did not believe that the data had been used for “fraudulent purposes,” reports the New York Times. The organization said that it had identified suspicious activity on its computer network on Oct. 17, and had taken its systems offline, notified law enforcement officials and engaged a cybersecurity firm to investigate.

The investigation, which was continuing, determined that an “unauthorized person” had gained access to the network between Oct. 9 and Oct. 17, installed ransomware and then withdrew files. A review of those files found that they contained patients’ names, as well as dates of birth, addresses, insurance identification numbers and clinical data such as diagnosis, treatment or prescription information. No data from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any other Planned Parenthood affiliate was compromised.

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