Opko Health says over 400,000 customers likely affected by data breach

Here's how to protect your personal information after the Lab Corp data breach

A Quest Diagnostics Inc. client hit the lab company with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Thursday over a recently revealed data breach that compromised the Social Security numbers, banking information and medical data of 11.9 million patients. As it turns out, over 400,000 consumers of medical diagnostics company OPKO Health were also impacted, bringing the total number of victims to 20.1 million.

The company told Opko Health it was notifying state attorneys general and other state agencies and almost 6,600 customers that availed Opko's testing services and whose credit card or bank account details were stored in AMCA's affected system.

"AMCA's affected system also included credit card or bank account information that was provided by the consumer to AMCA (for those who sought to pay their balance)", the filing with the u.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reads. AMCA has not yet provided BioReference a list of the affected patients or more specific information about them, Bioreference said.

In an SEC filing, LabCorp disclosed that its vendor American Medical Collection Agency had a data breach that provided an unauthorized user access to AMCA's system between August 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019.

"Such breaches make private, personal and financial information vulnerable to criminals, leading to potential identity theft and irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial futures", the senators wrote AMCA President Russell Fuchs.

The security officials at Inmediata halted the website temporarily and contacted a digital forensic firm to investigate the incident.

In a letter (PDF) to Sandra D. van der Vaart, senior vice president and global general counsel for LabCorp, Menendez and Booker noted this isn't the first time the company has come under scrutiny due to information security concerns.

In July 2018, just one month before the AMCA breach began, LabCorp's IT network was compromised, they said.

The Senators demanded that LabCorp also provided a detailed timeline of the breach incident and outline what the company has done, in light of its past security challenges, to address information security problems.

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