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Unity Point Health security breach could impact millions

PEORIA - Unity Point Health is notifying approximately 1.4 million patients of a recent email phishing incident.

Unity Point first discovered the scam in May, where they then launched an investigation.

The investigation revealed that Unity Point received  a series of fraudulent emails that, they say, tricked  employees into providing their confidential sign-in information, giving access to their internal email accounts. 

Now, two months later, they are dealing with the consequences.

Though this is concerning for some, many find incidents like these inevitable

“It doesn't bother me," says Princeville native Jenny Weber, "It’s digital and that’s the break. That’s what happens. You can’t protect everything.”

Unity Health released this statement:

“We take our responsibility to protect patient information very seriously and deeply regret this incident occurred, while we are not aware of any misuse of patient information related to this incident, we are notifying patients about what happened, what information was involved, what we have done to address the situation, and what patients can do to help protect their information.”

Unity Point Health will offer free credit monitoring services for one year to individuals whose Social Security number and/or driver’s license number were included in the compromised email accounts.

They also say they are taking precautions to make sure an incident like this never happens again.

 


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