Patients file class-action lawsuit against MU Health Care following data breach

Mackenzie Garrity - Print  | 

Ten patients who were affected by a data breach at Columbia-based University of Missouri Health Care filed a class-action lawsuit Aug. 6 against the university, according to local ABC affiliate KMIZ.

MU Health Care discovered May 1 that two employees had fallen victim to a phishing attack that gave an unauthorized third-party access to the email accounts. Since the breach, MU Health Care secured the accounts and began an investigation to determine the scope of the incident.

Patient information that may have been compromised included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, health insurance information and limited treatment or clinical information.

The lawsuit claims MU Health Care failed to keep patients' sensitive information safe. Patients are seeking damages and requesting MU Health Care improve its security system.

No hearings have been scheduled.

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