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Medical testing giant Quest Diagnostics’ third-party billing company hacked


Quest Diagnostics a big name in medical testing recently declared that its billing company working as a 3rd-party was victim of a data hack which impacted 11.9m patients. The band engaged in laboratory testing disclosed about the hack, June 3, 2019, within a filing it duly made with United States SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission).


It was stated in the filing that cause of the hack lay in rogue activity on AMCA (American Medical Collection Agency's) payment pages. The agency is an intermediate party which does collections on behalf of Quest. It's reported that the illegitimate end-user drained medical information, payment card numbers along with private details from the website. The agency practices giving services to certain provider of revenue management called Optum360 which Quest has contracted. Both Quest and Optum360 got notification from AMCA on 14th May regarding the security breach.


Quest says the pilfered data doesn't include any results of laboratory tests. www.techcrunch.com posted this, June 3, 2019.


While the agency is still to publicly disclose details regarding the hack, Quest's filing with SEC unveiled that the cyber-criminals acquired admission into AMCA's computers during the period August 1, 2018-March 30, 2019.


According to the testing company, it has from then halted asking the vendor to make collections whilst it conducted an investigation followed with hiring external security specialists for assessing the destruction.


According to Jennifer Kain, spokesperson for AMCA, the company was probing the hack. Ms. Kain's statement came via Brunswick Group a crisis communications body. www.techcrunch.com posted this, June 3, 2019.


Ms. Kain elaborates AMCA received information about one probable security compromise of credit card firms with whom a particular security compliance company works. When that company updated AMCA with the information the latter performed one internal review followed with withdrawing its website's payments page.


AMCA has as well apprised law enforcement authorities about the hack.


Quest Diagnostics clients have been affected with a second breach now within just 3-yrs. During 2016, Quest stated hackers had stolen data of 34,000 patients. The current one is a considerably bigger data hack compared to the one the company encountered during late 2016.


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