Medical Services Targeted: Half a Million Records Stolen in May 2023 Cyber Event

  • By Steven
  • Jan 10, 2024

Electrostim Medical Services Inc.

Electrostim Medical Services Inc. (EMSI) is a healthcare servicer in Tampa, Florida. They create and disperse home electrical stimulation devices, brace accessories, pain management solutions, and physical rehabilitation tools. They offer a range of products, from wearable, flexible garments to electrotherapy devices for pain relief. EMSI serves over 70,000 patients and employs another 400 from the Tampa Bay area. In May 2023, EMSI officials noticed unusual activity within their systems—the resulting breach exposed the data of over half a million patients. 

How Did the Attack Occur? 

According to the data breach notice published on the EMSI website, an unauthorized actor breached and accessed their network. Immediately after discovering the threat, EMSI took steps to identify those impacted. No other information about the attack or how the bad actors made it possible is public. However, EMSI’s notice of the event has taken more than six months to reach this conclusion; consequently, it could be that the assailants orchestrated the event with ransomware or altered their access to the information.

What Information Was Viewed or Stolen? 

The data stolen in this event contains sensitive information about EMSI patients, although the exposures differ between individuals. EMSI’s notice states the data may include an individual’s name, contact information (phone number, email address, and residential address), insurance details, diagnosis and treatment information, subscriber number, products prescribed, and billed items. EMSI officials have sent notices to those with exposed information—but patients don’t need to wait for a notification to protect themselves.

How Did Electrostim Medical Services Admit to the Breach? 

The notice indicates that the assailants entered EMSI’s systems around April 27th, 2023, and remained there until around May 13th, 2023. EMSI presumably discovered the threat on May 13th and began response procedures. They investigated the event and its potential consequences as part of these procedures. Around December 28th, EMSI officials sent a notice to the Department of Health and Human Services. Presumably, officials notified those impacted by the event notices around this time.

What Will Become of the Stolen Information? 

How the assailants plan to use the data stolen in this event is unclear. They could use it to commit online impersonations, fraud, or other online crimes. Victims are at particular risk for medical fraud with this stolen data. Medical fraud functions the same as financial and identity crimes, with criminals assuming another person’s details to obtain services. The difference with medical fraud is that it can become physically harmful; someone with an allergy to certain medications could be put at risk by another person using their data. Consequently, those at risk for medical data misuse must immediately act to protect themselves. 

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

Those impacted by this event have options to protect themselves. They can start by ordering an Explanation of Benefits from their providers and insurers. If there are discrepancies within the document, they may be the victim of medical fraud. By that same notion, those with leaked account information are at increased risk for financial and identity misuse; consequently, those with account information exposures must invest in medical ID monitoring services. Monitoring companies can alert users to suspicious activities the moment they happen—helping to mitigate consequences and return to normalcy.

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

Cementitious Vendor—CGM—Network Compromised by 315k Data Breach

Cementitious Vendor—CGM—Network Compromised by 315k Data Breach

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, CGM is a nationwide cementitious vendor for industries and construction projects. They are a leader in manufacturing, labeling, and distributing custom cement and patching products.

Chattanooga Heart Institute Updates on 2023 Network Cyber Attack

Chattanooga Heart Institute Updates on 2023 Network Cyber Attack

Patients with cardiovascular issues may appear in one of the Chattanooga Heart Institute (CHI) facilities in Tennessee and Georgia.

Oklahoma’s Largest Non-Profit Health System Breached; 2.3 Million Exposures

Oklahoma’s Largest Non-Profit Health System Breached; 2.3 Million Exposures

INTEGRIS Health is the largest non-profit healthcare network in Oklahoma and surrounding regions. The network includes medical and surgical centers, hospitals, emergency rooms, hospice options, addiction recovery programs, and a holistic approach to health and wellness.

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 Exposure Scan
Instantly and Securely Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed on the Dark Web or Sold by Data Brokers
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please select a state
Close
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 age
Please enter an email address
Close