CaptureRx ransomware attack ignites class-action lawsuits after breach affects 1.6 million

A data breach on San Antonio-based CaptureRx that affected 1.6 million patients and 170 healthcare providers has sparked two nationwide class-action lawsuits, according to a June 4 report by San Antonio Express News.

CaptureRx helps hospitals manage their 340B drug programs and reported unusual activity in some of its files in February. Compromised files contained patient records with protected health information, including names, birthdates and prescription details. CaptureRx notified hospitals of the attack in April. In May, it reported that there are 1,656,569 known victims affected by the breach.

Five things to know:

  1. A California resident sued NEC Networks, which does business as CaptureRx, in San Antonio federal court seeking more than $5 million in damages on behalf of a nationwide class of plaintiffs.

  2. A Missouri resident is seeking $5 million in damages in a complaint filed May 25 against NEC Networks in Kansas City's federal court on behalf of Missouri residents.

  3. The San Antonio complaint was brought by Daisy Trujillo of Merced County, Calif. Ms. Trujillo is a Rite Aid customer who received notice of the breach. Soon after, her cellphone was "inundated with spam" calls and her email was "flooded with spam emails," the lawsuit said.

  4. Both lawsuits' causes of action include negligence, invasion of privacy and breach of implied contract.

  5. CaptureRx didn't respond to Express News' request for comment on June 4.

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