Information of over 400,000 L.A. citizens exposed in data breach Patients of Planned Parenthood exposed by data breach

A data breach occurred at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. It affected approximately 400,000 patients. However, there is no evidence that this information was ever used. “for fraudulent purposes,”The group stated.

Between Oct. 9 and October 17 a hacker created computer malware “exfiltrated”Planned Parenthood Los Angeles notified Tuesday that files may contain patient names and addresses as well as insurance and medical information.

“Patients are encouraged to review statements from their healthcare providers or health insurers and contact them immediately if they see charges for services they did not receive,”In a statement, the branch stated.

The attack involved ransomware, software that hackers can use to lock an organization out of its own computer network until a ransom is paid, but the group didn’t immediately say whether any ransom was paid.

According to the organization, the breach is being investigated.

This announcement was made just days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the nationwide right of abortion should be overturned. The court’s historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion throughout the United States, and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey reaffirmed Roe.

There have been previous hacks of Planned parenthood. Metropolitan Washington Branch revealed this year that patient and donor information had been compromised in 2020. Additionally, in 2015 hackers posted online information on hundreds Planned Parenthood employees.

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