It has been revealed that the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach may affect some 1,700 patients of the private clinic, and victims of the cyberattack will need to be wary.
If you have received confirmation from the clinic that you have been affected, you could be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis. The leading team here at Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is happy to offer you free, no-obligation advice on a confidential basis now.
We are concerned that victims may end up being targeted by ransomware and scams, and it is important that those affected are protected as much as they can be.
What happened in the Lister Fertility Clinic cyber incident?
It is understood that the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach involved a cyberattack on a third-party provider called “Stor-a-file” which the clinic uses for scanning medical records. The clinic is one of over a dozen organisations to be reportedly affected, and it may impact some 1,700 patients of the clinic.
With the company dealing with medical records scanning, it is foreseeable that any information exposed in this cyberattack could be incredibly personal and sensitive. This kind of data is often seen as one of the most sensitive and personal that there is, so the impact on victims can be substantial.
Letters sent out to patients – and lawyers’ warning
It is understood that some 1,700 people who may be affected by the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach are receiving correspondence to confirm that they may be affected by the cyberattack. Whilst it is not yet known who may be affected or what information may have been exposed, the 1,700 figure appears to be what is considered to be the extent of the problem so far.
The actual cyberattack could be far wider, as it is understood that the company hit by the cyberattack has revealed that some 13 organisations could be affected.
We feel we must issue a strong warning to those who receive a letter to be careful about what happens next. In these kinds of data breaches, it can be the case that criminals could try to demand ransoms from victims on the threat of exposing their personal and sensitive medical information. A clinic in Europe was hit by a similar problem where hackers were able to issue ransoms and threaten to release very sensitive and intimate images of women who were undergoing cosmetic surgery. As such, the threat of criminals taking such action is very real, and we urge all victims of the data breach to be very wary.
What can victims of the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach do?
If you have received confirmation that you have been affected by the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation now. You could be eligible to claim damages for the distress caused by the loss of control of your personal information, and data breach compensation amounts could be substantial in this kind of case.
Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading firm of privacy and consumer action specialists. Representing thousands of victims for data cases, and having done so since 2014, our experience in this area of law speaks for itself. We have recovered over £1m in data breach damages to date for mostly individual clients, and we represent thousands of people engaged in over 50 group and multi-party data actions that we have launched.
We were also heavily involved with the PIP Breast Implant Scandal over the last decade where we recovered over £1.3m in damages to date, some of which was from private clinics.
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First published by Author on November 18, 2021
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