News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – Mercy Iowa City

Exploit: Unauthorized Access
Mercy Iowa City: Medical Center

Risk to Small Business: 2.631 = Moderate

An unauthorized user gained access to an employee email account at this Iowa hospital, leading to the potential exposure of sensitive data for thousands of patients. There’s no confirmation that data was stolen, but the hospital is warning patients of the possibility The incident was discovered after the compromised account began sending out spam and phishing messages.

Individual Risk: 2.502 = Moderate

The hospital has not yet confirmed that any data was actually accessed or stolen, but they sent out a letter warning patients of the potential breach. Information that may have been compromised includes patient names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, medical treatment information and health insurance information.

Customers Impacted: 60,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Password compromise leads to major trouble. Even small incidents like this can quickly turn into huge problems if access to sensitive data isn’t carefully controlled.