AMCA Healthcare Hack Widens Again, Reaching 20.1M Victims

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"Quest is taking this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of our patients' personal information", the Secaucus-based medical laboratory company said in a press release.

Quest, LabCorp and Opko each said this week that have stopped sending bill requests to AMCA.

On Monday, 7th of June, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) informed Opko Health, one of the largest health organizations in the word, of its payment site compromise that affected 422,600 customers.

BioReference, a blood testing lab firm with approximately 40 Florida locations, said in a government filing Thursday that some patients' information may have been hacked in a third-party data breach.

AMCA's breached system included financial information such as credit card numbers and bank account information, medical information, and personal information such as Social Security numbers, according to Quest's SEC filing in which it detailed information that AMCA had provided.

Days after news broke about a data breach at Quest Diagnostics, we're learning of another breach at LabCorp.

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The unauthorized activity occurred over an eight-month time period, between August 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019, AMCA said.

The security officials at Inmediata halted the website temporarily and contacted a digital forensic firm to investigate the incident.

Quest rivals LabCorp and Opko Health have subsequently reported being affected by the same breach, bringing the total number of impacted patients to upwards of 20 million.

According to the SEC filing, BioReference Laboratories Inc collection requests to AMCA were terminated since October 2018, and the company also said that do not wish to proceed with any open applications and asked them to be ceased as well.

AMCA has advised BioReference that AMCA is providing notice to state attorneys general and other state agencies as required by applicable state data breach laws. "Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial futures, and to confront the real possibility that their confidential medical information and history has been exposed", Menendez and Booker wrote.

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