Phishing scam at N.J. hospital compromises 5k employees' data

An email-based phishing scam has compromised information of more than 5,000 employees at Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Healthcare System, according to a statement.

The hospital became aware of the phishing scam late on Friday, according to an emailed statement from Kenneth Morris, Jr., vice president for external affairs of St. Joseph's. The breach may have compromised names, Social Security numbers and information relating to tax documentation but did not include employee or patient medical information.

"The unintentional disclosure of data was exclusive to our employees," Mr. Morris said in the emailed statement. "St. Joseph's is aggressively working with outside authorities to assist our employees in dealing with this incident."

Federal authorities have been notified, although neither New Jersey State Police or the FBI are currently involved, Mr. Morris said. The system plans to provide free credit monitoring for all affected employees.

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