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Data Breach Impacts Patients at Crouse Health – NY Attorney General Warns


The New York State Attorney General’s Office is warning New Yorkers who were impacted by a data breach at medical transcription company, Perry Johnson & Associates, to take action quickly to prevent potential identity theft.

The data breach affected nearly nine million patients in total, with nearly four million in New York State. One of the New York hospitals that has been affected by the breach is Crouse Health.

“I urge all New Yorkers affected by this data breach to stay alert and take these important steps to protect themselves,” said Attorney General James. “Bad actors can use the stolen information to impersonate individuals or cause financial harm. Identity theft is a serious issue, and my office will continue to take action to keep New Yorkers safe.”

The Attorney General’s Office says most individuals whose data was impacted have already been notified. Steps are being offered for those who believe they were impacted. Those include: monitoring your credit, considering placing a free credit freeze on your credit report, placing a fraud alert on your credit report, obtaining copies of your medical records, contest unrecognized medical billing, and inform your insurance company.

The AG’s Office says if you have fallen victim to medical identity theft, consider filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission online HERE, or by calling at 877-438-4338.

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