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

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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