The US-based clinical laboratory, Quest, has revealed that an “unauthorized user” compromised their systems in a breach. The company disclosed that the breach affected around 11.9 million of its customers.

According to a statement released by Quest, the user information compromised in the breach ranges from a variety of personally identifiable information.

“AMCA believes this information includes personal information, including certain financial data, Social Security numbers, and medical information, but not laboratory test results.”

The “unauthorized user” was able to gain entry into a system operated by the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) called Optum360. On May 14th AMCA alerted Quest to unauthorized activity occurring in their payment page. It wasn’t until weeks later the AMCA disclosed the details of the breach to Quest.

In the statement Quest also details that AMCA is yet to provide information on which customers were hacked. For the time being Quest has suspended utilizing AMCA and will go forward with forensic experts to dig into the issue.

“Quest will be working with Optum360 to ensure that Quest patients are appropriately notified consistent with the law.”

What This Means For The Digital You

With breaches happening in the US at an alarming rate, it is important to be aware of how it may affect the future of data privacy and the Digital You. Regulations such as GDPR in the UK are creating buzz for countries such as the US to implement similar solutions.

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