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More than 500,000 Utahns’ sensitive information possibly hacked

Nov 18, 2021, 2:15 PM
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Patients of Farmington-based Utah Imaging Associates, as many as 500,000 Utahns, may have had their personal information hacked, the company said. Radiology imaging: Canva

FARMINGTON, Utah — More than 500,000 Utahns may have had their information hacked through a data breach reported to the federal government. 

Utah Imaging Associates, Inc. (UIA), a Farmington-based radiology medical practice, learned that a hacker gained access to sensitive personal information of former and current patients. A hacker may have gained unauthorized access to personal information of UIA’s patients. 

Under privacy laws, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights must post any breach of health information affecting more than 500 people. According to their website, the Utah breach potentially affected 583,643 Utahns.

UIA first detected a network security incident on Sept. 4, 2021. They secured, remediated the network, and launched a forensic investigation. The investigation showed that some files with sensitive data were available to the hacker during the security breach. 

Utahns possibly hacked, UIA responds

In a press release, UIA explained steps they have taken in response to the incident. UIA notified Utahns who may have been hacked via mail on Thursday, Nov. 18. In the notice to possible victims of the breach, UIA offered details about the incident, steps they are taking in response, and resources available to help protect against potential misuse of personal information. 

According to the news release, UIA plans to offer anyone affected complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services through IDX.

UIA encourages anyone impacted to call (833) 525-2720 Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. MST.

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