UAB Medicine notifies 20,000 patients of data breach

The University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine has alerted 19,557 patients that their information may have been exposed in a phishing attack, according to ABC3340.

A limited number of university employees fell victim to a phishing attack in August. According to officials, hackers sent an email that posed itself as a request from an executive. Once the employees accessed the email, hackers were able to get access to the employees' username and password.

The hackers were trying to reroute employees' automatic payroll deposits into alternate accounts; however, the hackers were unsuccessful.

UAB Medicine is unaware that any patient information has been misused. Patient data stored in the email accounts included names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, dates of services, location of services, diagnoses and treatment information.

Patients are being urged to review their credit reports and insurance statements.

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