Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a non-profit healthcare provider in Canton, Massachusetts. The plan serves more than 2.4 million patients throughout Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. The company manages confidential health data for millions of different people each year. This is why it's so concerning that a ransomware attack on Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was recently launched. The attack led to more than 2.5 million patients having their confidential information exposed.
We don't know the specific conditions that led to the Havard Pilgrim data breach, but we do know that an attacker was able to break into the network, either through a security vulnerability or a phishing attack. Once inside, the user was able to take a substantial amount of health and personal data.
The Harvard Pilgrim breach first started on March 28, 2023, and persisted until April 17, 2023, when the company noted the issue. It wasn't until after May 24 that a notice was filed with the Attorney General's office. Individual notices should be released to everyone impacted by this breach soon.
This breach impacts millions of patients that rely on the healthcare program. If you receive a notice of the breach, you can be sure that your data was put at risk somehow by the attack. You should take steps to protect yourself, such as investing in credit monitoring services or by freezing your credit.
The number of Harvard Pilgrim files taken in this breach is unclear. We only know that millions of people may have been put at risk by the documents taken in the breach.