Earlier this year, Advanced Medical Management LLC (AMM), a provider of operational, administrative, and technical healthcare management services to large physician organizations, government agencies, and health plans located in Long Beach, CA, announced that it was the victim of a cyberattack. After a forensic investigation concluded, the company confirmed that unauthorized individuals gained access to the protected health information of 319,485 individuals.
During the attack, the unauthorized individuals were able to access parts of the company's network that were originally designed and maintained by third-party vendors. According to the reports, the security breach was originally detected on May 11th, 2023, and the unauthorized access occurred between May 10th, 2023, and May 13th, 2023.
AMM Confirms Hackers Have Potentially Stolen Private User Information
During the investigation, a review was conducted on all of the files in the compromised systems. AMM was able to officially confirm that the system accessed by the hackers contained private information on their users that included names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers, and health insurance information. On June 29th, 2023, AMM sent out notification letters to those affected individuals who may have had their information exposed or stolen.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Identity After a Data Breach
After your information has been exposed by a data breach, you'll need to take active steps to ensure that your private information isn't used to open credit cards, make large purchases, or used in any other harmful activities. Below we've outlined the precautionary steps you should take to ensure your information is protected before or after a data breach.
Step 1: Monitor Your Credit Report/Identity
Breached and stolen information often ends up in dark web marketplaces where hackers, scammers, and thieves purchase it to commit yet more crimes. While monitoring your credit alone can be helpful, using an identity monitoring service can help you ensure your information is being closely monitored. Depending on the service, most will alert you when suspicious activity is happening with your personal information, allowing you to place fraudulent claims with your bank, as well as freeze any affected accounts linked to your information.
Step 2: Consider Identify Theft Coverage
Unfortunately, even with all the protection in place to help block attacks, sometimes your information will get into the wrong hands. This is where identity theft coverage comes into play. In the unfortunate event that your social security number is used to open a credit card, having insurance to help cover the costs of damages can help save you the headache of dealing with this alone.
Step 3: Protect Your Information Online
Hackers can use your information to access your accounts online. Take this opportunity to enforce the security of your online accounts, including your bank, emails, social media, insurance or medical sites, and more. Change your usernames and passwords, and if possible, use a two-factor authentication process to access your private online accounts.
In the case that you have had your information stolen, speaking to a qualified attorney, like the ones at Morgan & Morgan, may be your best course of action to better understand what your legal options are. An experienced attorney will help guide you through what your next steps should be after your information has been hacked and what laws are in place to help protect you when fighting back against the companies that allowed your private data to be exposed in the first place.
Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Advanced Medical Management
Since the announcement of the data breach, multiple lawsuits have been launched against Advanced Medical Management, claiming due to the company's inadequate cybersecurity, they are to blame for the cyberattack in May that compromised the personal data of 319,485 individuals. According to one of the lawsuits filed, they argue that the cyberattack was a direct result of AMM's "grossly negligent—indeed, reckless—failure to comply with industry standards and implement reasonable data security measures to safeguard consumers' personal information."
It also goes on to claim that the company failed to notify the affected individuals in an adequate amount of time, leaving some victims without notice for weeks, leaving their personal data at high risk for fraudulent acts. For more information behind this lawsuit, or if you are one of the affected individuals who has had their personal information accessed via the Advanced Medical Management data breach, we may be able to help you. Contact a Morgan & Morgan attorney by completing our free, no-obligation case evaluation form today.