EyeMed Data Breach Penalty Reaches 4.5 Million Dollars

  • By Steven
  • Nov 10, 2022

eyedmed data breach

Ohio vision company EyeMed is facing the consequences of breaches in 2020. The State Attorney General of New York, Attorney General Letitia James, reached a settlement with the company over two years after the attack.

How Did the Attack Occur?

The attack occurred when a threat actor gained unauthorized access to an employee's email in June 2020. The breach lasted for approximately a week. Then, a month later, the hacker sent over 2,000 phishing emails to EyeMed clients, which prompted the company to finally remove the bad actor's access. EyeMed began to notify affected patients in September 2020.

What Information Was Viewed or Stolen?

What information do you usually provide when you go to the doctor's office? Most people offer their names, social security numbers (SSNs), ages, health insurance, previous diagnoses, current and former medications, etc. The hacker(s) accessed all this and more, leaving the customers in peril. Most people need to know that you don't have to give this information to your doctor; you only have to tell your doctor's office your name, insurance data, your preferred method of contact, current medications, and personal and familial medical history. Your doctor may ask for more information regarding relationship status, mental health, and other essential things for them to know. 

Still, one common mistake many people make is giving their SSNs freely. You need your SSN for taxes, insurance, and loans, but you only have to provide a doctor with your SSN if you're entering a VA hospital

How Did EyeMed Admit to the Breach?

EyeMed admitted to the breach by sending notification letters to the affected patients almost four months after the initial breach. Afterward, James' office filed the order with approximately 90,000 New York residents affected by the breach. "Upon further investigation, the Department found that, among other things, EyeMed had violated the Department's cybersecurity regulation by failing to implement multi-factor authentication ("MFA") throughout its email environment," stated the New York State's press release. "Moreover, EyeMed failed to limit user access privileges by allowing nine employees to share login credentials to the affected email mailbox and failed to implement sufficient data retention and disposal processes, resulting in over six years' worth of consumer data being accessible through the affected email mailbox. Had these controls been in place, the July 1, 2020 cybersecurity event could have been prevented or been limited in scope." 

What Will Become of the Stolen Information?

The information involved in the breach is sensitive; billions of records are stolen every year, and every time, more and more people are being victimized. Practically no one that uses the internet is safe from hackers anymore. There are tons of attacks that the hacker can use. Still, there is also the possibility that they will sell the data, which means that an unprecedented number of malicious actors will have unrelenting access to your data.

What Should Affected Parties Do in the Aftermath of the Breach?

In the aftermath of the breach, we recommend you take every possible precaution—download scanning software to alert you to scams, unsafe sites, and malware on your devices. Maintain a steady eye on your credit reports and things like it, making sure there are no unauthorized purchases and that your credit score doesn't suddenly turn for the worse.

About the Author
IDStrong Logo

Related Articles

Instagram Vulnerability Allowed Hackers Access to Control Your Phone

Security experts Check Point Research discovered a critical vulnerability while examining Instagra ... Read More

Alien Malware Infects More than 226 Mobile Apps and Steals Bank Data

As reported on September 24, 2020, by ZDNet and ThreatPost, a new strain of malware named “A ... Read More

Universal Health Systems Hit by Ransomware Attack

Universal Health Systems (UHS), a Fortune 500 company owning more than 400 hospitals across the co ... Read More

Exchange Server Bug Exposes a Big Risk to Hackers

Months after Microsoft released a patch to fix a serious flaw in MS Exchange Server, more than 61% ... Read More

Clients’ Bank Data Exposed in Blackbaud Ransomware Attack

Blackbaud software was victim to a ransomware attack last May, and new information suggests that c ... Read More

Latest Articles

ChatGPT Suffered From a Major Data Breach Exposing its Subscribers

ChatGPT Suffered From a Major Data Breach Exposing its Subscribers

ChatGPT is OpenAi's chatbot designed to simulate conversations with other people. The tool utilizes a massive language model to produce realistic and believable responses for a conversation.

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap March 24

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap March 24

Cyber-attacks are a major problem that exposes millions of people to fraud on an annual basis. This week there were attacks on some truly massive organizations like the NBA and PayPal, as well as a cyber security company and a few medical companies.

Independent Living Systems LLC Gets Hacked, Exposing 4 Million Patients

Independent Living Systems LLC Gets Hacked, Exposing 4 Million Patients

Independent Living Systems LLC is a healthcare facility provider for the elderly, physically challenged, and impaired. The company establishes short-term healthcare facilities for those that need extra care.

Featured Articles

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

Buying your own home is the American Dream, but it might seem out of reach to those with bad credit. However, the good news is, if your credit is less than perfect, you do still have options and in most cases, can still buy a home.

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

Any good IT article on computers and network security will address the importance of strong, secure passwords. However, the challenge of good passwords is that most people have a hard time remembering them, so they use simple or obvious ones that pose a security risk.

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Senior scams are becoming a major epidemic for two reasons. First, seniors often have a lot of money in the bank from a life of working hard and saving.

Free Identity Threat Scan
Instantly Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed
All fields below are required
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter a city
Please select a state
Please enter an email address