We all sign up for a variety of services, both online and offline, and usually these services require us to provide personal information, such as our names, phone numbers, home addresses, personal identification numbers, and so on. It is usually assumed that the information will be stored safely and securely, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
Case in point, where according to recent reports, it has been revealed that LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics have had about 19 million patient records stolen from them when a billing company that works with both companies experienced a security breach. This breach was revealed in an SEC filing where Quest Diagnostics had about 11.9 million accounts stolen, while LabCorp had about 7.7 million accounts stolen.
The billing vendor in question, American Medical Collection Agency, was first compromised back in August, 2018, but it seems that it was not detected until March, 2019 earlier this year. The stolen information includes patient names, date of birth, addresses, phone numbers, balance information, providers, dates of service, and so on.
The good news is that thankfully, medical data and laboratory results were not exposed, although in the case of LabCorp, they disclosed that about 200,000 people had their credit card and bank account information stolen.