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Posted On January 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Data Breach Alert: Entira Family Clinics

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Entire Family Clinics, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

 

Data Breach AlertJanuary 28, 2022 – Recently, Entira Family Clinics announced that the personal, identifying, and health information of approximately 199,628 individuals was compromised in a data breach. Our data breach attorneys are investigating this cybersecurity incident to determine if consumers could have the grounds for a data breach class action lawsuit.

What to Know About the Entira Family Clinics Data Breach

The company recently reported that, on December 7, 2021, an unauthorized party gained access to certain files on its servers. A subsequent investigation revealed that the files may have contained the following information:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Social Security numbers
  • Medical history information

According to reports, Entira Family Clinics does not know which individuals’ information was actually accessed and cannot confirm that the unauthorized party retained any of the information.

However, anyone in receipt of an Entira Family Clinics data breach notification letter may now face an increased risk of identity theft and other financial losses. Attorneys are now investigating this recent cybersecurity incident to determine whether the company took the necessary steps to keep your data secure and whether those impacted by the breach can pursue a data breach class action lawsuit.

What Is a Data Breach?

A data breach occurs when a hacker or other unauthorized party secretly gains access to sensitive consumer information stored on a company’s servers through some kind of cyberattack. Once a hacker obtains consumer data, they may use the information to commit identity theft or for other criminal purposes. Sometimes hackers will sell the data they obtain through a cyberattack to the highest bidder.

No one can tell with certainty why a hacker targeted your data in a data breach or what they plan to do with it, but the fact that your sensitive information is in the hands of an unauthorized party puts you at a greater risk of identity theft.

As consumers, we all provide personal data to companies for a variety of reasons. We trust these companies to protect our private data and keep this information secure. Unfortunately, data breaches happen frequently.

Attorneys are investigating data events like this security breach to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted corporations with their sensitive information. Often, hackers target companies that rely on outdated or otherwise inadequate data-security measures. If it is determined that Entira Family Clinics did, in fact, fail to properly protect consumers’ data in some way, the individuals affected may be eligible to pursue compensation for their financial losses.

What Can You Do After a Data Breach?

If you received a data breach letter from the company that experienced a security incident, it means that an unauthorized person—likely a criminal—may have accessed, viewed, and retained your personal information. While the company cannot know why the third party sought out your information and what they plan to do with it, the situation justifies a certain level of precaution on your part.

Below are a few ways to protect yourself from identity theft and the other possible financial risks that can stem from a data breach:

  1. Carefully read the data breach letter to determine what information of yours was accessible;
  2. Make a copy of the letter for your records;
  3. Enroll in the free credit monitoring service provided to you (you will need information contained in the data breach letter to do this);
  4. Change all your passwords and security questions for any online accounts;
  5. Enable two-factor authentication, where it is available;
  6. Regularly review your credit card and bank account statements for any signs of suspicious activity;
  7. Monitor your credit report for any unexpected changes that may be a sign of identity theft;
  8. Contact one of the major credit bureaus to request they add a fraud alert to your profile; and
  9. Notify your banks and credit card companies of the data breach.

To protect and preserve their legal rights, it is highly recommended that individuals who received notice that their data may have been compromised immediately reach out to an experienced data breach attorney.

Data Breach Lawyers Are Investigating This Security Incident and the Potential for a Data Breach Class Action

Companies have an ethical and legal duty to protect consumers’ personal, identifying, and health information. While developing and implementing a comprehensive and up-to-date data-security system is costly, this is a necessary cost of doing business in an environment where cyberattacks and data breaches are common.

Data breach laws are complex, and just because your information may have been accessed while in Entira Family Clinics’ care doesn’t necessarily make this company legally responsible. However, if a company fails to take appropriate actions to protect consumers’ sensitive information, it may face liability through a data breach class action lawsuit.

If you received a data breach notification letter, it is important that you not only protect yourself from possible fraud but also preserve your legal rights by speaking to a data breach attorney. Consumer privacy lawyers are undertaking investigations in legal matters involving all types of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and cyberattacks on a no-win, no-fee basis.

Find a copy of the data breach letter here.

Notice of Data Incident

Dear [RECIPIENT]:

Entira Family Clinics is a family medicine practice with locations across Minnesota. We recently discovered that a data security incident on Netgain’s environment may have resulted in the unintentional exposure of your personal information. This letter contains additional information about the incident, our response to the incident, and steps you can take to protect yourself. Please be assured that Entira takes the protection and proper use of personal information very seriously, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What Happened

Netgain is a third-party entity that offers hosting and cloud IT solutions primarily for the healthcare and accounting industry. Entira, along with thousands of other healthcare entities, retained Netgain for online hosting of its environment, including cloud services and e-mail. Netgain was recently the target of a cybersecurity incident. Upon discovery, we worked with our information technology (IT) support team and engaged a law firm specializing in cybersecurity and data privacy to investigate further. We have also stayed in close communication with Netgain and its breach counsel regarding Netgain’s incident response and forensic investigation.

Based on the results of this investigation, we have determined that information, including your name, address, social security number and medical history, were accessed by an unknown party that is not authorized to handle or view such information. At this time, Entira does not have any evidence to indicate that any of your personal information has been or will be misused as a result of this incident. Nevertheless, Entira decided to notify you of this incident out of an abundance of caution.

What We Are Doing

In light of this incident, Entira is working to improve security and mitigate risk by reviewing and altering our policies and procedures relating to the security of our systems and servers, as well as our information life cycle management. We also performed a security audit of the Netgain environment to insure stricter security in Netgain’s cloud hosting site. Further, as a safeguard, we have arranged for you to enroll in a complementary, online credit monitoring service provided by IDX. With this protection, IDX will help you resolve issues if your identity is compromised.

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Entire Family Clinics, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.