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Nemadji warns of possible data breach

 


Nemadji, in Bruno, began issuing notices on July 8 of possible data breaches to impacted individuals.

Nemadji works with healthcare facilities using their proprietary data-mining system to generate additional revenue for hospitals.

One such client is Essentia Health who reported they would be notifying 1,000 patients that their protected health information may have been at risk when Nemadji fell victim to a phishing incident.

According to Nemadji, unusual activity was identified in an employee’s email account on March 28, 2019. Nemadji immediately launched an investigation with the assistance of a computer forensics expert. They determined an employee had fallen victim to a phishing email which gave an unknown individual access to the email account for several hours.

The first instance of personal information that may have been accessed was identified on June 5. Notice of the data incident was given to Nemadji’s business clients as well as the FBI and state and federal regulators.

Potential data that may have been breached includes first and last names, addresses, claim numbers, date of birth, social security numbers, and so on.

“Although we are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident, we are offering potentially impacted individuals access to credit monitoring and identity protection services,” is stated on the Nemadji website.

Nemadji has a dedicated line, 1-800-491-4740, to answer questions regarding the incident.

 

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