A massive cyberattack at Banner Health may have compromised sensitive information affecting millions of people…..many, right here in Arizona.
Banner Health said it was mailing letters to 3.7 million people — including patients, health plan members, beneficiaries, food and beverage customers, physicians and health care providers — who may have been affected by the hacks.
The agency said it discovered one hack in early July that targeted credit card data as it passed through payment processing systems. That cyber attack affects those who bought items from specific food and beverage locations between June 23 and July 7.
In another cyber attack, hackers may have gained access to patient information, including names, birthdates, addresses and possibly health insurance or Social Security information. The second hack was detected on July 13, but could have began as early as June 17.
According to the Phoenix Business Journal, people who believe their credit card data may have been compromised “Need to be vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing their payment card statements for any unauthorized activity, and should immediately report any unauthorized charges.”
The story also noted that “it’s too soon to determine how far back the patient data attack goes.”
AzCentral.com put together a short video on the data breach. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
ABC15 in Phoenix provided the interactive map below showing the locations affected by the cyberattack.
Banner Health is not a member of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). Our members understand the growing concerns around cyber security and we are doing everything we can to provide them with the tools and resources needed to ensure that sensitive information at member hospitals is secure. AzHHA is doing its part by offering solutions with services like Brown and Brown Insurance (Cyber Liability Insurance/Risk Management services and more) so members have access to cost-effective tools and solutions.
The American Hospital Association is also offering information and webinars on its website to educate hospital leadership about actions to take or risks to consider regarding cyber security.
Share your thoughts on this cyberattack and whether you believe there are new ways that hospitals can improve security to ensure the safety of sensitive data. We live in a world where hackers can impact millions of lives, seemingly overnight, and working with our partners to help prevent cyber attacks is yet another way we are working to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!