US healthcare service National Cardiovascular Partners (NCP) has fallen victim of an email hack that exposed 78,000 cardiovascular patients’ data.
The data was archived in an Excel spreadsheet, which was accessed by malicious actors back in April. The breach remained undetected until nearly a month late, when NCP responded by securing the compromised email and brought in cybersecurity experts to handle the forensics of the incident.
The information exposed included sensitive data such as names, email addresses and more. According to Health IT Security, the attackers’ objective was to commit financial fraud against NCP. Nonetheless, NCP offered impacted patients a year of identity detection and identity theft resolution.