JDC Healthcare Management (JDC), a dental and orthodontic care provider, has stated that a data breach last year exposed the personal information of a vast number of Texans. The Texas Attorney General’s Office was told by JDC, which manages more than 70 Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics clinics, that the personal information of more than one million people was likely taken during the incident.
The cyberattack was detected in August 2021 when the dental services company learned that the cybercriminals had exposure to its network for several weeks. In a data leak notification letter addressed to anyone affected, the corporation states, “certain documents stored within JDC’s environment were copied from or viewed on the system as part of the cyber incident between July 27, 2021 and August 16, 2021.”
While the actual breadth of the data breach has yet to be determined, JDC claims that personal data such as names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, ID numbers, and health and financial details were probably stolen during the incident. The dental care provider did not specify the sort of intrusion it experienced but did say that malware was employed and that systems were taken offline, implying that ransomware was used.
“On or about August 9, 2021, JDC became aware of a malware incident impacting certain company systems. JDC immediately worked to restore its systems and launched an investigation,” according to JDC.
The organization claims that no proof of the exfiltrated data being exploited has been discovered. Still, it advises anyone who has been affected to stay watchful against identity theft and fraud efforts. JDC also stated that it is assessing its current rules and processes to enhance them and avoid future cyberattacks.