Posted On June 24, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
June 24, 2022 – Recently, TridentCare provided notice to patients about a data breach following a burglary at one of the company’s offices. Evidently, several unauthorized people broke into a TridentCare office and stole several hard drives and other equipment. As a result of the Trident Care data breach, the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of approximately 6,200 people were compromised. On June 16, 2022, TridentCare posted notice of the incident on its website and began sending data breach notifications to all affected parties.
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 Trident Care 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 TridentCare.
According to the notice posted on the company’s website, on April 17, 2022, several unauthorized individuals broke into one of TridentCare’s offices, removing multiple hard drives and other equipment from the facility. In response, TridentCare notified law enforcement and then engaged the assistance of cybersecurity and data recovery professionals to investigate the incident as well as its impact on the company’s patients.
The results of the investigation confirmed that there was patient data contained on the hard drives. However, the investigative team believes, although it cannot confirm, that the data was corrupted and, thus, inaccessible. If the data was not corrupted, TridentCare notes that “it would have required certain technical capabilities to access the data.”
However, upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was potentially accessible to an unauthorized party, TridentCare reviewed the data contained on the hard drives to determine exactly what information was compromised and who was affected. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, date of birth and Social Security number.
On June 16, 2022, TridentCare sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
TridentCare is a mobile healthcare provider based in Sparks, Maryland. The company provides a range of mobile health services, including oxygen delivery, digital x-rays, ultrasound and EKGs, phlebotomy, infection control and home care. TridentCare also provides mobile imaging support to practices that lack the ability to do so in-house. Based on the company’s most recent data, it performs over 2 million imaging procedures in 43 states. TridentCare employs more than 1,500 people and generates approximately $220 million 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 Trident Care 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.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by TridentCare (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):
TridentCare is providing notice that it has experienced a data security event that may have exposed some information about a limited portion of our patients and/or their guarantors. While there is no indication that the information has been accessed or misused, we take the protection and proper use of personal information very seriously and, therefore, are providing notice of this event.
On April 17, 2022, unauthorized persons broke into one of our facilities and gained physical access to a set of hard drives and other equipment. We discovered this intrusion shortly after it occurred and quickly contacted local law enforcement. We also engaged outside cybersecurity and data recovery experts to help assess this event. Our outside experts believe there is a significant possibility that data on the hard drives would have been corrupted and therefore unreadable. Even if not corrupted, it would have required certain technical capabilities to access the data. Also, at this time there is no indication that the data has been accessed or misused. Nevertheless, we are providing notice of this event in case the unauthorized persons were able to access the data.
What information was involved?
Our investigation revealed that the hard drives may contain the name and date of birth of some individuals. For other individuals, the information may include name, date of birth, and/or social security number. We do not believe that the information contained other potentially sensitive information such as financial records or details relating to medical tests.
What we are doing.
In response to this event, we engaged a cybersecurity expert to help with the investigation and remediation. We also reported the robbery to local law enforcement and are cooperating with their investigation, as well as increased security safeguards at the facility.
What you can do.
As a precautionary measure, individuals who may have been affected by this event (as well as everyone) should remain vigilant by reviewing their account statements and credit reports closely. Additionally, you may review the attached “Additional Resources” section, which describes additional steps you can take to help protect yourself, including recommendations by the Federal Trade Commission regarding identity theft protection and details on how to place a fraud alert or a security freeze on one’s credit file.
For more information.
For more information about this event, please contact us at Privacy@TridentCare.com or call 877-464-1743.