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Phishing E-mail Leaks 30,000 Florida Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Data


The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) of Florida State is cautioning everyone about a phishing assault that gave its operators access to a huge 30,000 Medicaid beneficiaries' data. Actually, an employee at the agency believed one deceptive phishing scam e-mail that let the scammers steal not just identifying information; however, medical conditions and diagnoses details too, and possibly anything else they might have wished.


Within an evening news story of January 5, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration stated that a staffer of the agency was victimized with one malevolent phishing e-mail back in November, while recently January 2, 2018, initial results obtained from one investigation by Inspector General were notified to agency leaders. The results suggested that hackers might've gained the complete names of enrollees in part or full; addresses, birth dates, Social Security Numbers (SSN), Medicaid ID numbers, medical conditions and diagnoses.


At the moment, believed the Agency, someone could have accessed a maximum of 30,000 people's personal information in part or full, so revealed the investigation results. With the review in progress, the Agency still thinks merely some 6% of the people likely had their SSN and Medicaid ID potentially accessed.


Further according to the results, the employee recipient of the phishing e-mail reset the affected people's login credentials very soon thereafter for halting anymore unauthorized access, while according to the agency, people's info hadn't been misused. Washingtontimes.com posted this on the Web dated January 6, 2018.


That medical networks are still fragile is what the hack demonstrates, since merely with an e-mail, thousands of people's extremely sensitive data got directly exposed. As a measure for resolving such theft, the AHCA has started a training program for its staffers about internal security; however, for the solution to last it's necessary that private information gets even more branched out from the external environment.


Under Medicaid, health coverage expenses related to innumerable low-income inhabitants nationwide are covered. One latest study of healthcare providers in United States discovered that 78% encountered malicious e-mail attacks in 2017, as per cyber-security company Mimecast, which published the survey's findings in December 2017.

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