MARLTON, NJ, June 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ –Millions of consumers are being notified that their Social Security numbers and other highly sensitive information were compromised when hackers breached Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s computer system earlier this year ‘year. The data breach attorneys at Console & Associates, PC are investigating the complaints on behalf of Harvard Pilgrim policyholders and others affected by the breach and want victims of the breach to understand their legal rights.
Legal Investigation: More than 2.5 million SSNs compromised following data breach at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
The sensitive personal data of millions of consumers has been compromised. Now, customer names, Social Security Numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, health insurance account information, and PHI may be in the hands of criminals. While it is unknown what hackers plan to do with the stolen data, hackers often use the stolen information to steal consumers’ identities and commit other fraud against them.
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On May 24, 2023, Harvard Pilgrim filed a data breach notice affecting consumers nationwide with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. The company also posted a “Data Security Incident Notice” on its website, which remains largely inactive following the cyberattack. The notice explains that the data breach resulted from a ransomware attack that impacted IT systems that support Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Commercial and Medicare Advantage Stride plans.
While the Harvard Pilgrim breach affected individuals who obtained insurance policies through the company, it’s possible that your information was compromised even if you’re not sure you’ve ever owned a Harvard Pilgrim insurance policy.
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According to the notice, the the data breach affected 2,550,922 people in the United States, most of whom reside in New England.
The ransomware attack occurred on March 28, 2023 and lasted until April 17, 2023, the day after Harvard Pilgrim discovered the attack. During that time, hackers gained access to the confidential information of millions of consumers who had previously provided their information to Harvard Pilgrim. On May 24, 2023, Harvard Pilgrim confirmed that information belonging to 2,550,922 individuals was accessible to hackers following the breach.
The list of sensitive information that has been exposed includes:
- social security numbers,
- physical addresses,
- Phone numbers,
- Date of birth,
- Health insurance account information e
- Protected Health Information (“PHI”).
If you receive a data breach notice from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, you are one of more than 2.5 million people who may now be at risk of identity theft and the devastating financial and legal consequences that come with it.
In the company’s data breach letter, Harvard Pilgrim is offering affected consumers free credit monitoring and identity protection services through IDX. Patients who receive a data breach notification letter from Harvard Pilgrim should sign up for this service immediately. However, they should know that credit monitoring is not enough to protect them from the risks of a data breach.
What should you do if you receive a Harvard Pilgrim data breach letter? Individuals who receive a data breach letter from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care should take steps to protect themselves. (See our Data Breach Victim Guide for more details on https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/consumer-privacy-data-breach-lawyers/if-your-information-has-been-compromised-in-a-data-breach/.) Additionally, victims should consider contacting a data breach attorney immediately. Consumers who receive a data breach letter from Harvard Pilgrim may be entitled to financial compensation.
If you would like to discuss this data security incident, or if you have any questions about your rights as a result of the Harvard Pilgrim data breach, please contact Console & Associates, PC at (866) 778-5500. Interested parties and potential plaintiffs can also learn more about this data breach and potential lawsuit at https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/harvard-pilgrim-health-care-data-breach-alert/. Anyone who has received a data breach notice letter can contact the company to find out more about their rights.
SOURCE Console & Associates, PC