Health Insurer’s Data Breach Affects 1.2 Million

Breached information might include birthdates, insurance numbers and addresses

By By Dan Hounsell
April 9, 2021

The cyber hits just keep on coming for the nation’s healthcare organizations. Hacking incidents on the healthcare sector rose 42 percent from 2019 to 2020, impacting a combined total of nearly 31 million patient records in 470 security incidents in the last year.

In one of the largest data breaches, Health Net has begun notifying 1,236,902 members that their data was breached in a nationwide cyberattack, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The California insurer, whose parent company is Centene, is part of a nationwide attack on data transfer file service provider Accellion, according to a March 24 notice letter.

Cybercriminals were able to view or save victims' data that was stored by Accellion between Jan. 7 and Jan. 25. Breached information may include birthdates, insurance numbers and addresses. Other companies affected in this data breach include Kroger Pharmacy, Stanford Medicine and Trillium Community Health Plan.

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