Cyber-Attack on Fertility Centers of Illinois

Cyber-Attack on Fertility Centers of Illinois

A company that operates multiple fertility centers across Northern Illinois has suffered a data breach because of a cyber-attack.

Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCIreported the data breach to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as affecting 79,943 current and former patients.

The unidentified attacker had access to some of the patients' protected health information (PHI) and was also able to access personal data belonging to FCI employees.

Third-party computer forensic specialists were hired by FCI after the company detected suspicious network activity on February 1, 2021. 

While cybersecurity measures implemented by FCI ensured that the company's electronic medical record system could not be accessed, the attacker was able to get into administrative files and folders. 

FCI reviewed the contents of the compromised files and by August 27, 2021, determined that they contained a range of patient data including names in combination with one or more of the following types of information: Social Security numbers, passport numbers, financial account information, payment card information, diagnoses, treatment information, medical record numbers, billing/claims information, prescription information, Medicare/Medicaid identification information, health insurance group numbers, health insurance subscriber numbers, patient account numbers, encounter numbers, referring physicians, usernames and

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