In the case of the recent Transform Hospital Group data breach, the large cosmetic surgery chain has been targeted by hackers who seem to be aiming to extort money from the company.
The group has not yet given a number for how many customers have been affected, but the data exposed is reported to be extensive. The inclusion of ‘before and after’ surgery photos has been a cause of particular concern among the victims, who fear they may be published on the internet.
For anyone involved in a data leak, the impact of having your information exposed can be devastating. In some of the worst of cases, the privacy of the information exposed can make the aftermath a deeply upsetting time. We have already taken on clients who have been affected by the Transform Hospital Group data breach, so do not hesitate to contact us if you would like advice regarding your potential compensation claim.
The Transform Hospital Group cyberattack
In late December 2020, the Transform Hospital Group publicly confirmed that they had fallen prey to a ransomware attack, carried out by an infamous hacker group. It is understood that the hackers have harvested data that includes patient photographs amounting to 900 gigabytes.
Other exposed details include:
- Telephone numbers;
- Medical history information;
- Ethnic and religious identities;
- Dates of birth;
- Email addresses;
- GP details;
- Payment details.
In the typical form for a ransomware attack, the hackers have been threatening to publish the details online unless a ransom is paid. Cybercrime such as this can place victims in an incredibly precarious situation, as it is impossible to know what the hackers will do next.
The aftermath of the breach
For a business built on quality treatment and discretion, the hack has come as significant blow to the Transform Hospital Group. The group has tried to mitigate the fears of clients by claiming that they have no reason to believe that the majority have been affected, but they have been unable to sufficiently dispel concerns, as they seem to lack concrete knowledge of the scale of the leak.
It is understood that affected customers that have been identified have been informed via email about the incident.
The aftermath of any data breach like this can be a limbo period, in which victims have no idea as to how their exposed data might be misused. The consequences could include fraud, blackmail and identity theft, to name but a few.
To be able to receive some form of justice for what has happened, you can make a compensation claim. If an organisation is found to be at fault for a cyberattack due to failing to adequately protect your information, you could be eligible to make a claim for any distress caused, and any consequent losses or expenses.
Compensation can not only allow victims to be compensated for the damage done to them, it can also act as a deterrent for the Defendant, and for other organisations, in the future.
Claiming for a cyberattack with The Data Leak Lawyers
If you have been affected by the Transform Hospital Group data breach, or any similar breach, do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to make a claim.
We know that compensation cannot undo the distress you have suffered, but it can be reassuring to know that the organisation involved has been held responsible for their failure to protect your private data.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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First published by Matthew on January 18, 2021
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