Walnut Place Healthcare Community Issues Notice of Data Breach
Walnut Place, an assisted living and rehabilitation center in Texas, notified clients of a data breach that occurred between December 16, 2016 and May 8, 2017. The company suffered from two separate ransomware attacks, and they discovered the second attack while investigating the first.
Compromised information may include Social Security numbers, payment card information, dates of birth, first and last names, driver’s license numbers, health insurance information, addresses, telephone numbers, medical record numbers, and clinical information for patients. Walnut Place says the stolen information is not the same for every person, and there is no evidence at this time of anyone trying to misuse the data.
The investigation is still ongoing, but the company believes they have removed all of the ransomware as of early May. They are working with a third-party investigation company, and have informed the FBI of the attack.
Walnut Place will be mailing out letters to people who may have been affected by the data breach. The company is also providing free credit monitoring services for potential victims. Information on how to access those services is included in the letter. If you think you may have been a victim of the breach but have not received a letter, you can contact the assistance line at 1-888-735-5898.