MaineGeneral Health suffers cyberattack

Augusta-based MaineGeneral Health is warning patients and employees of a potential data breach after the FBI notified the health system last month of a cyberattack on the its network.

On Nov. 13, the FBI notified MaineGeneral some of its data was found on an external website. This website is not accessible by the general public. MaineGeneral then launched an internal investigation into the cyberattack. The health system is still working with the FBI.

Compromised data includes birth dates, emergency contact names, addresses and telephone numbers for patients referred by a physician to MaineGeneral Medical Center for radiology services since June 2009. Additionally, the birth dates, emergency contact names, addresses and telephone numbers for some employees, as well as similar information for potential donor patients, may be compromised. No Social Security numbers, patient medical or health insurance information, health records, driver's license numbers or credit and financial account information has been deemed compromised at this point.

MaineGeneral did not indicate how many individuals may be affected, but the system said it plans to mail letters directly to patients affected by the cyberattack.

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