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6/24/2019
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Health Insurer Reports Data Breach That Began 9 Years Ago

Dominion National first spotted something awry in April 2019.

Dental and vision insurance provider and administrator Dominion National has begun notifying patients of a data breach of its systems that apparently dates back to August 2010. The insurer said an incident investigation that began on April 24, 2019, led to the discovery that its servers had been compromised in an attack that began nearly nine years ago.

"Dominion National moved quickly to clean the affected servers. Dominion National has no evidence that any information was in fact accessed, acquired, or misused," the firm said in a press announcement.

The compromised servers store enrollment and demographic information of Dominion National and Avalon vision programs, as well as of patients whose dental and vision benefits are administered by the firm. Names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, bank account and routing numbers, member ID numbers, group numbers, and subscriber numbers are among the types of data on the servers.

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6/29/2019 | 11:04:35 PM
Re: Absence of evidence...
Wait, am I reading this right, the health agency was hacked 9 years ago and they did not discover the attack until most recent. This is almost laughable, they took something and sold their findings on the black market.

The Health Insurer does not have the expertise on staff to determine if the information was extracted from their database, if it took them 9 years, it is not surprising where they are in their forensic process (Anthem Insurance went through a similar situation).



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6/28/2019 | 1:34:05 PM
Absence of evidence...

"Dominion National has no evidence that any information was in fact accessed, acquired, or misused,"

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. If it took them nine years to spot this had happened then it's at least as likely that data was taken and they simply had insufficient visibility to detect it than attackers bothered to break in and decided not to take anything.

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