Simon Eye & US Vision: Optometry Clinic Operators
Risk to Business: 1.606=Severe
A pair of breaches in the optometry world by Simon Eye and US Vision has exposed the personal and health information of tens of thousands of US patients. Delaware-based Simon Eye Management, a chain of clinics that provide eye exams, eyeglasses, and surgical evaluations, reported a hacking incident to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) affecting more than 144,000 individuals. This incident also included an aborted business email compromise attempt. In their HIPAA filing, the breach involved an unauthorized third party accessing certain employee email accounts in May 2021 as cybercriminals attempted to pull off wire transfer and invoice manipulation attacks against the company. New Jersey-based USV Optical Inc., a division of US Vision, has also reported a breach to HHS caused by hacking. The company says the incident involved unauthorized access to certain servers and systems between April 20 and May 17, 2021.
Individual Risk: 1.667= Severe
A total of 320,000 US residents may be impacted by these breach incidents. Simon Eye’s disclosure detailed patient information that had potentially been compromised by the incident including patient names, medical histories, treatment or diagnosis information, health information, health insurance information and some Social Security numbers, date of birth, and or financial account information. US Vision disclosed that patient Information potentially compromised in the incident includes patient names, addresses, date of birth, and eye care insurance information.
Customers Impacted: 320,000
How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business When companies fail to keep highly sensitive data like this safe, they take a direct hit to the wallet since it costs them a fortune in HIPAA fines once regulators get finished with them.
Source: Gov info security