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United States -Cochise Eye & Laser

Exploit: Ransomware
Cochise Eye and Laser: Optometry

Risk to Small Business: 1.727 = Severe

A ransomware incident at an optometrist located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, has affected up to 100,000 patients. In a recent breach notice, Cochise Eye and Laser informed regulators that the practice has been hit by ransomware, encrypting the office’s patient scheduling and billing software.

Individual Risk: 1.603 = Severe

Patient data stored in the billing software included names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases Social Security numbers. There is no evidence that data was exfiltrated, but customers of this practice sjould be ready for potential identity thefy or phishing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This is a tremendous problem for businesses of every size, and even without confirmation that data was stolen the practice will be dinged with a substantial fine.