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Ransomware Attack on Texas Ophthalmology Practice Exposes Data of 80,000 Patients

Summary of article from The HIPAA Journal, by Steve Adler:

A Texas-based ophthalmology practice, encompassing Victoria Surgery Center, Victoria Eye Center, and Victoria Vision Center, was hit by a ransomware attack on March 21, 2024, compromising the personal and health data of 80,122 patients. The attack encrypted files, making certain systems inaccessible, and an investigation confirmed unauthorized access to patient data. Names, addresses, and medical identification details were among the compromised information. Affected individuals have been notified and offered a year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. In another incident, Texas Panhandle Centers, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, disclosed an unauthorized access to its systems in October 2023, potentially exposing the data of 16,394 patients.