Scambook, the Internet’s leading consumer advocacy platform, is warning the public that an estimated 4 million healthcare patients may be at risk of identity theft after a privacy breach occurred at the Illinois company Advocate Health Care. This comes to light after the company had four computers stolen in July that held private patient information including Social Security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth.
Whilst much of the private data was password protected none of Advocate Health Care’s computer hard drive’s were encrypted. This would enable thieves to bypass the password protection and access patient information.
“Clients of Advocate Health Care need to be warned of their increased risk of identity theft in the wake of this computer theft. Social Security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth can all be used to create identities that can be sold on the black market,” says Scambook’s Director of Marketing Kase Chong.
Advocate Health Care patients are being offered a year of free credit monitoring service as a goodwill gesture following this security breach.