Fort Lauderdale, Florida – December 8, 2020 – Billing, Cochran, Lyles, Mauro & Ramsey, PA (“BCLMR”) has become aware of a compromise to one of its employee’s email accounts, which may have resulted in the inadvertent exposure of personal and medical information.
Through an audit of its email environment activity, BCLMR detected suspicious activity within one of its business email accounts. BCLMR immediately engaged third-party forensic specialists to assist the firm in its analysis of any unauthorized activity. Through this investigation, it was determined that this email account was compromised by an unauthorized third party. The investigation also determined that the unauthorized activity was most likely in furtherance of separate financial gain, which was not related to any individuals’ sensitive information.
On October 19, 2020, the investigation determined that an unknown, unauthorized third party gained access to this employee’s email account and could have viewed personal information for individuals located within the email mailbox, including names, addresses and dates of birth. The emails located in the compromised mailbox also may have contained medical record numbers, limited health information, and for some individuals, a Social Security number. Importantly, the investigation did not identify specific activity around any individual’s information and BCLMR is not aware of anyone experiencing fraud or identity theft as a result of this incident.
BCLMR mailed notification letters to affected individuals on December 8, 2020, which included additional information about what occurred and a toll-free number that individuals can call to learn more about the incident. The call center can be reached at 833-791-1662 and is available Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM ET.
"The privacy and protection of sensitive information is a top priority for us," says Bruce Ramsey, President at BCLMR. "We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause."
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