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Quest Diagnostics Says Personal Health Information of 34,000 Customers Hacked

quest-diagnostics-logoYes, another large medical company is leaking data about its customers. The Madison, New Jersey-based company says “an unauthorized third party” on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information including names, dates of birth, lab results and in some instances, telephone numbers. The stolen data did not include Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, insurance details or any other financial information. Quest said Monday it is working with a cybersecurity firm and law enforcement to investigate the breach, while taking steps to prevent similar incidents from recurring.

Most of the customers did not connect to Quest Diagnostics on the Internet. Instead, the hack was performed the old-fashioned way: by directly accessing stored data on Quest Diagnostics’ obviously insecure computer systems.

Details may be found in the CBS News web site at

If you think you’re affected by this hack, you can call (888) 320-9970 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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