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Around 7.7 Million LabCorp Patients impacted by the AMCA Breach


LabCorp, one more national network of the blood testing centers, has announced on June 4 of the current year (i.e. 2019) that around 7.7 million patients whose blood samples have been processed by them may have their sensitive information got exposed.


LabCorp has disclosed about this breach via a U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filing. LabCorp said that AMCA (American Medical Collection Agency) has notified them that their data also got exposed due to the cyberattack on web payment portal of AMCA, which saw the hackers gaining access of the system in between Aug. 1, 2018, and Mar. 30, 2019. The officials of LabCorp estimate that around 7.7 million patients were referred to American Medical Collection Agency during that timeframe of 8 months.


Although the LabCorp compromised data didn't include the Social Security numbers, but it did include the names, phone numbers, addresses, provider information, dates of service, dates of birth, balance information, as well as some credit card and banking information. LabCorp also stated that no insurance information, diagnostic information, or medical test results were provided to the American Medical Collection Agency, thus that data was also not exposed in the hack.


"AMCA informed LabCorp that it is in the process of sending notices to approximately 200,000 LabCorp consumers whose credit card or bank account information may have been accessed," wrote the officials. The officials also stated that "AMCA has not yet provided LabCorp a list of the affected LabCorp consumers or more specific information about them".


However, AMCA informed LabCorp that they will provide 200,000 confirmed consumers who are included in breach numbers with additional details about this hack, and will provide those victims 24 months of free credit monitoring and identity protection services.


The officials of AMCA told LabCorp that still the hack is under investigation, and "has taken steps to increase the security of its systems, processes, and data". LabCorp is still working closely with American Medical Collection Agency to have more insight about this breach, and will take additional steps when more information will be provided.


LabCorp has now stopped sending the new collection requests to American Medical Collection Agency, and has also stopped AMCA to continue work on the pending collection requests from the LabCorp patients.


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