Posted On July 8, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
July 8, 2022 – CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation (“CHRISTUS”) reported a data breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on July 1, 2022, after the health care system was targeted in a ransomware attack. While CHRISTUS reported the breach, it has yet to provide many details about the incident. However, the ransomware group AvosLocker has since taken credit for the attack, posting samples of the allegedly stolen data to the dark web, which included patients’ protected health information. It is estimated that the CHRISTUS breach affected the information of more than 15,000 individuals.
If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the CHRISTUS Health data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation.
Information about the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation comes from several sources, primarily the health system’s filing with the federal government and statements made by CHRISTUS representatives as well as AvosLocker. Evidently, CHRISTUS noticed early signs of unauthorized activity on its computer system and was able to stop the attack. A CHRISTUS representative explained that “the incident is limited and didn’t impact any of Christus Health’s patient care or clinical operations.”
However, in response, CHRISTUS enlisted the help of cybersecurity professionals to further investigate the incident. The health system has yet to provide additional information to the public about the breach. However, on July 1, 2022, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation filed notice of the breach with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, noting that the incident is expected to have impacted 15,062 people.
AvosLocker is a group that offers ransomware as a service and works with “affiliates” from across the world. These affiliates target victims, extort money and split any proceeds with a core group of hackers. AvosLocker first showed up on the radar in July 2021, and the group is believed to have orchestrated more than 50 ransomware attacks.
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system based in Irving, Texas. CHRISTUS operates more than 600 centers, including long-term care facilities, community hospitals, walk-in clinics and health ministries. The CHRISTUS ministries include:
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System employs more than 45,000 people, roughly 15,000 of which are physicians, and generates approximately $7 billion in annual revenue.
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the CHRISTUS Health data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.
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