Phishing attack risks data of 30,000 patients of Mississippi facility

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport in Mississippi is notifying patients that protected health information may have been compromised by a phishing attack.

The facility reported that access to the information was achieved by an attack on an employee’s email account on December 6, 2018.

A phishing attack occurs when a hacker sends an email that appears to be from a legitimate and known person, such as a co-worker, family member or friend. The email actually contains malware, which is released when the individual clicks on the email link.

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