Family health

Cyberattack reported at Coastal Family Health MS clinics

The Coastal Family Health Center said in a press release on Friday that patients’ personal information may have been accessed by hackers.

The health center said an attempt to shut down its IT operations failed, but some personal information could have been accessed.

The incident happened on May 13 and Coastal Family immediately launched an investigation to determine what happened and what information may have been viewed by the unauthorized user.

Coastal Family, at 1046 Division St. in Biloxi, was able to treat patients and provide services to the community while the investigation was ongoing.

On June 4, the investigation revealed that some of the files viewed contained personal patient information, including names, addresses, social security numbers, medical insurance information, and health and medical information. treatments.

CFHC reported that on June 22, addresses were collected to notify patients who were affected by the possible data breach and provide them with resources to protect their identities.

The nonprofit said there was no evidence any information was misused, but free credit and identity theft protection is being offered to affected patients.

“CFHC immediately contacted independent cybersecurity professionals to help protect its patients and amended its procedures to prevent such disclosures in the future,” the press release read.

For more information, a call center has been set up and is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is 833-909-3915.

Mary Perez has won awards for her articles on business and casinos for the Sun Herald. She also writes about Biloxi, jobs and new restaurants and developments coming to the coast. She’s a fourth-generation journalist.