Class action health care records lawsuit filed against UnityPoint

Source: Class action lawsuit filed against UnityPoint over data breach disclosed in April

A federal class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison concerning a reported data breach discovered by UnityPoint in February that may have compromised patient data as far back as Nov. 1. The lawsuit states that the breach was the result of a “phishing attack” of employee email accounts that compromised the protected health information of at least 16,429 people. The lawsuit characterizes personal health information as “one of the most valuable commodities on the criminal information black market,” worth 10 times the value of personal credit card data because it can be easily used to buy and re-sell medical equipment and drugs, create fake identification and file false claims with insurers.

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