Partners HealthCare Notifies 3,300 Patients of Email Breach

May 1, 2015

Associated Press originally published 4-22-15

Boston-based nonprofit health care system Partners HealthCare is notifying about 3,300 patients about a security breach.

Partners says in November it learned a group of its workers received phishing emails and provided information in response. Phishing emails trick their targets into handing over passwords or clicking on links that install malicious programs.

Partners says some emails contained patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers and clinical information such as diagnoses, treatments received and insurance information.