Data breach at health center hits up to 152,000

Data breach at health center hits up to 152,000

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials at a St. Louis health center that serves needy, uninsured residents say a cyberattack has caused a data breach that potentially affected 152,000 people.

The Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Center, which has several locations in the city, said Friday that the attack involved patient information such as addresses and Social Security numbers, but no patient medical records. Information on medical providers and health center employees also was breached.

The incident last month locked data and demanded a ransom to unlock it. The center says it refused to pay the ransom and contacted police.

CEO Dwayne Butler said there was no way to know if the information had been viewed or accessed by the attacker. He said the center regretted “any concern this incident may have caused our patients and customers.”

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