Planned Parenthood data breach: Hackers steal 400,000 patients’ data

According to Planned Parenthood, the latest data breach has affected its Los Angeles branch (PPLA) after it suffered a ransomware attack.

On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 Planned Parenthood, the non-profit reproductive health care organization based in the United States disclosed a data breach impacting over 400,000 patients of its Los Angeles branch (Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA). Hackers steal 400,000 patients’ records.

Planned Parenthood ransomware attack

Although at this time no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the data breach took place as a result of a ransomware attack, Planned Parenthood’s spokesperson John Erickson told The Washington Post which was the first publication to break the story.

Erickson further revealed that threat actors installed a malicious piece of software on one of the organization’s servers and extracted files between Oct. 9 and Oct. 17, 2021.

It is worth noting that ransomware attacks have become a major threat to critical infrastructure around the world including gas pipelines, defense contractors, police stations, etc.

According to [PDF] the data breach notification sent by Planned Parenthood to affected patients, the organization has informed law enforcement and taking help from a third-party cyber security company.

Stolen data

As of now, authorities are

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