Banner Health Data Breach – Class Action Investigation
C&T is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against Banner Health following recent reports that Banner Health experienced a cyberattack that may have affected 3.7 million customers. Reports indicate that the data breach initially targeted personal information of customers on systems that process credit card payments for food and beverages purchased at Banner’s locations but the breach is reported to have subsequently expanded to include patient and health plan information.
Banner Health has issued a statement identifying that it first learned of a massive cyberattack on July 7, 2016, although the attack supposedly began on June 23, 2016. The data breach reportedly affects 3.7 million customers. The attack began with fraudsters targeting data from credit cards, including card holder names, card numbers, expiration dates, and CVV (security) codes). By July 13 the attackers “may have gained unauthorized access to patient information, health plan member and beneficiary information, as well as information about physician and healthcare providers.” According to the company statement, “[t]he patient and health plan information may have included names, birthdates, addresses, physicians’ names, dates of service, claims information, and possibly health insurance information and social security numbers.”
Banner Health announced on August 3, 2016 that it is mailing letters to the 3.7 million potentially affected customers, which includes patients, health plan members, and food services customers. If you have received a letter from Banner Health regarding this data breach, your sensitive information may be at risk and you should contact a credit reporting agency immediately to ensure the security of your identity.
If you have received notification that your personal information was affected by this data breach and you are interested in pursuing legal action, please contact the attorneys listed below.