RI gastroenterology center alerts patients to possible breach after finding encrypted files

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Providence, R.I.-based specialty group University Gastroenterology is warning patients of a cyberattack the organization became aware of in July.

According to a statement mailed to patients, there's no evidence of any attempted or actual misuse of patient information as a result of the incident. However, several files from one member of the group were encrypted when an unauthorized individual gained access to that member's system.

"We determined that some files may have contained patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and medical billing information," the notification reads. "Patients' electronic medical records were not exposed and remain secure."

To prevent similar digital malicious threats from taking root in the future, the organization said it has deployed anti-malware solutions to every server computer, disabled inactive accounts and quarantined the affected servers from the rest of the network. The organization makes no mention of when the attack occurred.

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