Scam of the day – August 11, 2015 – Medical Informatics Engineering class actions filed

Recently I told you about the hacking and data breach of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and its cloud service NoMoreClipboard.   MIE operates more than 300 medical centers in 38 states.  On May 26th it discovered that it had been hacked since May 7th.  Unfortunately the personal information compromised in the data breach was very significant including names, telephone numbers, mailing addresses, usernames, password security questions and answers, spousal information, email addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, health insurance policy information and more all of which puts the victims of the data breach in serious jeopardy of traditional and medical identity theft.  It is estimated that almost four million people had their personal information stolen.  The company started notifying affected victims whose personal information was hacked by traditional mail in June and July.  Now, however, two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the victims in the Federal District Court in Ft. Wayne Indiana seeking class action status.  Both lawsuits  allege that MIE was negligent in not implementing proper security measures to protect the personal information it collected and stored.

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If you are one of the victims of the data breach and want more information about the two class actions, you can contact the law firms, Price Waicukauski & Riley LLC and Cohen & Malad LLP by clicking on the following links respectively http://www.price-law.com/join-a-current-case and http://www.cohenandmalad.com/contact-us/

You can also call MIE’s toll-free hotline at 866-328-1987 for more information.   In addition, you should also carefully monitor all of your financial accounts and check your medical records to make sure that someone has not accessed your health insurance and made you a victim of medical identity theft.  You should also put a credit freeze on your credit report.  You can find out how to put a credit freeze on your credit report by going to the Archives of Scamicide.  Be wary of any emails that you receive purporting to be from MIE because you can expect identity thieves to be sending out these as phishing email posing as MIE seeking to have you provide personal information or click on links containing malware.

Scam of the day – July 27, 2015 – Medical Informatics Engineering hacked

Although the name Medical Informatics Engineering MIE or even its cloud service NoMoreClipBoard may not be familiar to you, it should be.  The company operates more than 300 medical centers in 38 states.  On May 26th it discovered that it had been hacked since May 7th.  Unfortunately the personal information compromised in the data breach was very significant including names, telephone numbers, mailing addresses, usernames, password security questions and answers, spousal information, email addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, health insurance policy information and more all of which puts the victims of the data breach in serious jeopardy of traditional and medical identity theft.  The company started notifying affected victims whose personal information was hacked by traditional mail in June and July.  For a list of the medical facility clients of Medical Informatics Engineering, go to the list contained in this press release of MIE. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150724005450/en/Medical-Informatics-Engineering-Updates-Notice-Individuals-Data#.VbQtVZWh3X4

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If you are concerned that you might have been a victim of this data breach, call MIE’s toll-free hotline at 866-328-1987.  You should also carefully monitor all of your financial accounts and check your medical records to make sure that someone has not accessed your health insurance and made you a victim of medical identity theft.  You should also put a credit freeze on your credit report.  You can find out how to put a credit freeze on your credit report by going to the Archives of Scamicide.  Be wary of any emails that you receive purporting to be from MIE because you can expect identity thieves to be sending out these as phishing email posing as MIE seeking to have you provide personal information or click on links containing malware.

Scam of the day – June 23, 2015 – Another major health care data breach

Medical software company, Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) became the latest of a long line of companies in the health care industry to become a victim of a significant data breach.  As I warned people in my USA Today column last December in which I made my predictions for the year 2015, data breaches in the health care industry will be happening with greater frequency as a result of the unfortunate combination of the health care industry in general not doing a particularly good job of protecting its data and its data being very attractive to identity thieves. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/12/20/cyber-hack-data-breach/20601043/

MIE just recently announced that its main network had been hacked on May 7th and was discovered on May 26th.  The data stolen included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and health records, all of which put the victims of this breach in serious jeopardy of identity theft.  Although the full extent of the data breach has not yet been determined, among the company’s clients are Concentra which operates more than 300 medical facilities in 38 states.  Some of the other specific facilities affected include Fort Wayne Neurological Center, Franciscan St. Francis Health Indianapolis, Gynecology Center, Inc., Fort Wayne and the Rochester Medical Group.

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MIE has indicated that it will be notifying patients for whom they have mailing addresses with information about the data breach although as a  supplier of medical software to institutions, it may well not have addresses on all affected individuals.  If you receive an email purporting to be from MIE, you should ignore it as it is a phishing email seeking to obtain personal information from you in order to make you a victim of identity theft.  MIE is not contacting affected individuals by email or text messages.

MIE is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to those people affected by the data breach.  For information about the program, you can go to a special section of the company’s website by clicking on this link.  http://www.mieweb.com/notice/ or you can call a special toll-free hotline established by the company to answer any questions people may have about the data breach.  The number is 866-328-1987.