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Patients of UCLA Health System Auxiliary have filed a data breach lawsuit, alleging UCLA Health failed to properly secure personal medical information. The lawsuit alleges the UCLA Health data breach potentially exposed the personal information of up to 4.5 million patients.

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UCLA Data Breach

ucladatabreachIn July 2015, UCLA Health System announced it was victim of a data breach that compromised the personal information of up to 4.5 million patients. When it made the announcement, UCLA noted the breach may have occurred as early as September 2014 and raised suspicions in October 2014. It wasn't until May 2015, however, that UCLA confirmed its databases—which stored names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical information information—were hacked.

When it made the announcement, UCLA Health said it was working with the FBI to investigate the attack. "At this time, there is no evidence that the attacker actually accessed or acquired the personal or medical information maintained on the impacted parts of the UCLA Health network, but we cannot conclusively rule out that possibility," the organization wrote. It is offering patients 12 months of identity theft recovery and restoration services.

UCLA Health Lawsuit

At least one lawsuit has been filed following the data breach. The lawsuit was filed by plaintiff Michael Allen in California federal court, and alleges UCLA failed to adequately secure and protect confidential patient information. The lawsuit seeks class action status and damages for fraud, unlawful business practices and breach of contract.

"Due to defendants' failure to take the basic steps of encrypting patients' data, it was much easier for cyber thieves to interpret the information, use it to steal the identities of defendants' patients, or sell to others who would use defendants' patients' personal and health information,"the complaint states.

The lawsuit also alleges breaches of the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA). Violations of the CMIA can result in class members being awarded statutory and punitive damages.

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UCLA DATA BREACH LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

More Patient Information Reportedly Compromised
More Patient Information Reportedly Compromised
September 6, 2015
Los Angeles, CA Concerns continue to grow in the wake of the UCLA data breach that UCLA isn’t taking the security of personal information seriously enough. More than 4.5 million patients may have been affected by the data breach, which could have occurred as early as September 2014. Now, patients are learning that a computer with personal information was stolen, putting more people’s information at risk READ MORE

UCLA Health Should Wake Up and Smell Too Many Data Breaches
UCLA Health Should Wake Up and Smell Too Many Data Breaches
August 17, 2015
Los Angeles, CA It’s almost a joke. How many UCLA data breaches and lawsuits does it take for UCLA Health Systems to figure out how to properly store private medical information READ MORE

UCLA Health Facing Data Breach Class-Action Lawsuit
UCLA Health Facing Data Breach Class-Action Lawsuit
August 4, 2015
Los Angeles, CA Following the latest data breach affecting UCLA Health and its 4 million-plus clients, the venerable Los Angeles Times is articulating what everyone is thinking: increasing concern with regard to the capacity for hospitals, health insurers and medical providers to keep safe the vast stores of information that reflect the most personal details of clients READ MORE
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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
pamela e
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My information has been completely compromised and used in November 2015 to create a fake drivers license and as well open 5 store credit cards of which were all used to their respective credit limits.

Posted by
Mike E
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I received the letter from UCLA Health regarding breaches in security that allowed hackers to access my personal information.

Posted by
Ranasee (roni) maldonado
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Data breaches, to my chart, my health account. Hacking my appt's calendar and medical records changed requested certain dates and surgical notes, physicians notes and labs.

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