Illinois hospital alerts 1,000 patients of phishing attack

Urbana, Ill.-based Carle Foundation Hospital mailed letters to 1,653 patients Aug. 16 notifying them that their data may have been exposed in a phishing attack.

The hospital discovered June 24 that three employees had fallen victim to a phishing attack. Upon investigation, Carle determined only patients that received cardiology or surgery services were affected.

Patient data that may have been exposed included names, medical record numbers, dates of birth and clinical information. No Social Security numbers or financial information were affected.

There has been no evidence that any patient information has been misused. However, Carle is recommending patients review any statements from their providers.

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