San Antonio nonprofit reports data breach

A San Antonio nonprofit that gives providers to disabled individuals and the aged was the sufferer of a data breach two months in the past.

Disability Services of the Southwest stated Monday that a number of “intruders” infiltrated its web site Sept. 28 and should have gained entry to details about present and former workers at its places of work throughout the state.

The nonprofit initially disclosed final week {that a} “HIPAA data breach” had occurred, however later stated it erred in describing it as such. HIPAA is shortand for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects affected person well being data from being disclosed with no affected person’s consent.

No private well being data was concerned within the breach. Employee data which will have been accessed contains names, addresses, cellphone numbers and e-mail addresses, in addition to job and site data.

Social Security numbers and checking account data weren’t accessed, Marjorie Costello, DSSW’s chief administrative officer, stated in an e-mail.

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The group employs about 2,000 individuals at its places of work throughout Texas, however as many as 4,000 present and former workers might have been affected. An unknown variety of potential workers additionally might have had their data accessed.

DSSW notified the Texas Attorney General’s workplace of the data breach Wednesday, Costello stated. The breach does not yet appear among the reports on the state agency’s website.

Costello stated it didn’t lose entry to its web sites due to the breach, solely “databases related to our web sites.”

In the information launch, DSSW stated the breach occurred on the techniques of Internap Holding Inc., which operated the nonprofit’s web site on the time.

“The intruder or intruders positioned ransomware on the platform supplier’s servers,” DSSW stated. It didn’t pay any cash to the intruders, Costello stated.

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Internap didn’t reply to requests for feedback.

TechRadar, an online publication that writes about technology products, reported that the cloud and data company experienced a ransomware attack from 2:11 a.m. to five:41 a.m. Sept. 28 earlier than it was found later that morning.

Internap, also called INAP, was not in a position to recuperate its prospects’ providers due to the assault, TechRadar stated.

As a end result, INAP said in a statement it would no longer provide database, web hosting and email hosting services. TechRadar discovered the assertion on an web archive web site after it had apparently been faraway from INAP’s incident report web page.

Costello replied “no remark” when requested if her group was considering authorized towards towards INAP.

DSSW says on its web site that it’s licensed by the state to offer a wide range of providers to individuals with disabilities, together with group dwelling help and residential care. It operates offices in 10 cities outdoors San Antonio.

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