Over 1.2 Million Customers Affected in PurFoods Data Breach
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PurFoods, renowned for its medical-grade meals delivered to homes in the U.S., has announced a significant data breach impacting more than 1.2 million individuals.
A recent report submitted to regulators revealed potential unauthorized access to an array of customers' personal, financial, and health data. This includes details such as names, payment card details, Social Security numbers, health insurance IDs, and even account security credentials.
While PurFoods asserts there's no current evidence of misuse or further disclosure due to the cyberattack, the concerns are significant. The company primarily serves seniors, high-risk patients, and the disabled, collaborating with healthcare agencies, managed care bodies, and even government entities, catering to those in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
This cyber breach occurred in January, with its discovery only in February. Affected customers were promptly alerted last week, and federal law enforcement was informed.
Ongoing investigations revealed that specific company files were encrypted, suggesting potential data theft from its file servers. As a remedial measure, affected customers have been offered a year's free access to credit monitoring services. The company conveyed its regrets through a letter, stating, "We are sorry for any inconvenience this incident may cause."
To bolster security against future cyber threats, PurFoods plans to introduce more robust safeguards and enhance employee training. The company remains unavailable for further comments.
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