New Jersey hospital warns consumers of data breach

Hannah Mitchell - Print  | 

University Hospital in Newark, N.J., notified consumers that an unauthorized individual gained access to the hospital's computer systems, in a notice published Feb. 23.

The hospital said it discovered Sept. 14, 2020, that the unauthorized individual accessed its computer system Sept. 10. 

After an investigation with privacy experts and law enforcement, the hospital determined patients' personal information, including names, Social Security numbers, financial information and driver's license or state identification may be affected.

University Hospital has found no evidence to indicate misuse of personal information. However, it is offering a free one-year membership to Experian IdentityWorks Credit 3B to detect possible misuse of personal information.

University Hospital told Becker's that anyone affected by the breach has been notified.

"In September 2020, University Hospital identified a data security incident and took immediate action to isolate it.," the hospital said to Becker's. "The threat was contained immediately and there is no further compromise at this time. These types of incidents are handled in partnership with State and Federal law enforcement and University Hospital has taken significant steps to fortify all of our data systems even more since that time."

"Our patients and the community should be assured that University Hospital remains fully operational and able to treat all patients," University Hospital said.

To read the full notice, click here.

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