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Quest Diagnostics Breach Exposes 34,000 Patients

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 06:52 AM

A Quest Diagnostics breach reported on Monday has exposed personal and medical information on about 34,000 patients.

The New Jersey-based company provides lab services at about 2,200 patient centers across the United States. Its services, which range from routine blood tests to genetic testing, are used by about 30 percent of Americans annually.

Quest issued a statement saying a "third party" accessed its MyQuest by Care360 application on Nov. 26, gaining access to protected health information on the individuals.

The company said the information exposed in the hack included names, dates of birth, lab results, and in some instances telephone numbers. Quest said, though, other information like social security numbers, credit card numbers, insurance data or other financial information wasn't breached.

"There is no indication that individuals' information has been misused in any way," the company said. "When Quest Diagnostics discovered the intrusion, it immediately addressed the vulnerability."

"Quest is taking steps to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, and is working with a leading cybersecurity firm to assist in investigating and further evaluating the company's systems. The investigation is ongoing and the unauthorized intrusion has been reported to law enforcement."

Company spokeswoman Kim Gorode told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that 10,662 of the patients affected lived in California.

"Due to the nature and the limited amount of information that was accessed, we believe the risk of harm to patients is low," said Denny Moynihan, another Quest Diagnostics spokesman.

The Wall Street Journal said the Quest Diagnostics hack comes among other high-profile cyberattacks against companies such as Yahoo Inc., Home Depot Inc. and Target Corp.

Newkirk Products Inc., which provides identification cards for health-insurance plans, earlier this year disclosed a data breach that involved unauthorized access to a server containing member information, noted the Journal.

The newspaper said that about 3.3 million Newkirk members were affected in that attack.

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