Minnesota Attorney General files lawsuit against company hit by hackers

Minnesota Attorney General files lawsuit against company hit by hackers Photo: KSTP

December 03, 2018 03:25 PM

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Monday she has filed a lawsuit against an Indiana-based company she alleges failed to protect the health and personal data of more than 8,000 Minnesota patients.

A release said the lawsuit was filed against Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc., a company from which hackers reportedly stole the health information of over 8,000 Minnesotans in 2015. The company provides web-based electronic health records services to medical providers.

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According to the release, the lawsuit alleges the company "failed to implement basic industry-accepted data security measures to protect its computer system from hackers."

It also claims it took the company over 50 days after the breach was discovered to begin to notify patients, and did not complete the notification process for up to six months - failing to follow the prompt notification required under state law.

The company had yet to respond to a request for comment as of early Monday afternoon.

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