On July 18, 2023, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, its subsidiary MedChoice Risk Retention Group, Inc. and its subsidiary Experix, LLC (collectively “Physicians Insurance”) filed a data breach notice with the Attorney General of Montana after discovering that an unauthorized party had gained access to an employee’s email account. In the notice, Physicians Insurance explains that the incident allowed an unauthorized party to gain access to sensitive consumer information, including their names, social security numbers, dates of birth, contact information, medical treatment information, and health insurance information. Upon completion of its investigation, Physicians Insurance began sending data breach notification letters to everyone whose information was affected by the recent data security incident.
If you have received a data breach notification from Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, it is essential that you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. A data breach attorney can help you learn more about how to protect yourself from fraud or identity theft, as well as discuss your legal options following a Physician Insurance data breach. For more information, please see our recent article on the subject here.
What Caused the Breach of Physicians Insurance?
The Physicians Insurance data breach was only recently announced, and more information is expected in the near future. However, Physicians Insurance’s filing with the Montana Attorney General provides important information about what led to the breach. According to this source, on March 2, 2023, Physicians Insurance detected unauthorized access to an employee’s work email account. In response, Physicians Insurance closed the affected email account, reset employee passwords, and then launched an investigation with the help of outside cybersecurity specialists.
Physicians Insurance’s investigation confirmed that the unauthorized access was limited to a single employee’s email account, which occurred on May 2, 2023. And while Physicians Insurance found no evidence that any emails or attachments were downloaded by the unauthorized party, the company could not rule out unauthorized access. Physicians Insurance has also determined that some of the files, attachments and emails from the affected account contain confidential consumer information.
After learning that sensitive consumer data was being accessed by an unauthorized party, Physicians Insurance reviewed the compromised files to determine what information was leaked and which consumers were affected. Although the information disclosed will vary depending on the individual, it may include your name, social security number, date of birth, contact information, medical treatment information, and health insurance information.
On July 18, 2023, Physicians Insurance sent data breach letters to anyone affected by the recent data security incident. These letters should provide victims with a list of information about them that has been compromised.
More information on the insurance of doctors A mutual company
Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company is an insurance company based in Seattle, Washington. Physicians Insurance offers various insurance products to physicians, clinics, health care facilities, hospitals and associated associations in one or more states throughout Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. Physicians Insurance employs over 135 people and generates approximately $252 million in annual revenue.