Keller Rohrback Investigates Data Breach Involving More Than 300,000 Patients at Athens Orthopedic Clinics
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. is investigating recent reports of a large data breach of patient information from the Georgia-based Athens Orthopedic Clinic (“AOC”). Reports indicate that approximately 397,000 current and former patients may have had their information exposed, and that 500 patient records appeared for sale on the black market by a group of web hackers who call themselves the “Dark Overlords”.
According to the company’s press release, AOC experienced a data breach of its electronic medical records. Personal information of current and former patients, including the names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth and telephone numbers have been compromised. In some cases, patient diagnoses and partial medical histories were also breached.
Athens Orthopedic Clinic is based in Georgia with 17 locations throughout the state, including Anthens, Bethlehem, Commerce, Covington, Greensboro, Jefferson, Loganville, Madison, Monroe, Royston, and Snellville. AOC locations include Athens Orthopedic Clinics as well as work at the William Mulherin Surgery Center, Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center (SPARC), and Athens Urgent Care.
“Patients’ Social Security numbers and personal health information should have received greater protection than usernames and passwords maintained in plaintext without encryption. This highly sensitive and difficult-to-change information is already available for purchase by identity thieves on the black market, and subjects these patients to an increased lifelong risk of identity fraud,” said Keller Rohrback attorney Amy Hanson.
If you are concerned that your personal information was breached and would like to know more about your rights, please contact attorneys Cari Campen Laufenberg or Amy Hanson at (800) 315-0177 or via email at email@example.com.
Keller Rohrback is a leader in representing patient, consumer and employee victims of data breaches. Keller Rohrback has a long track-record of success with data breach litigation, including the Ninth Circuit case Krottner v. Starbucks, where the court held that the theft of a laptop containing employees’ personally identifiable information sufficed to confer Article III standing on plaintiffs.
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