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68,000 people non-profit health advocates are affected by data breaches, network hacking

Exploit: Hacking

Advocates: Health & Social Services Non-Profit

cybersecurity news represented by agauge showing severe risk

Risk to Business: 1.727= Severe

Advocates announced that it had been the victim of a cyberattack. A hacker gained access to the organization’s network in mid-September 2021. The attacker gained access to data tied to 68,000 clients served by Advocates and likely copied the data. The Massachusetts-based non-profit provides a range of services for individuals with autism, brain injuries, mental health, addiction, and other health conditions. Advocates is cooperating with the ongoing FBI investigation.

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Individual Risk: 1.603= Severe

Current and former clients of Advocates are at risk of having their data exposed in this incident. The stolen data included names, contacts, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, client identification numbers, health insurance information, diagnoses, and treatments. All impacted individuals will receive free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

Customers Impacted: 68,000

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Companies that store large quantities of personal or medical information are prime targets for the bad guys.

Source: Sc Magazine