A California-based company that represents medical providers in the recovery of billing from workers’ compensation insurance carriers has disclosed that electronic files containing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of individuals have been exposed to hackers.
Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants, Inc was notified of the breach by an outside data security firm. The compromised files contained the names and Social Security numbers of 300,000 individuals who applied for California workers’ compensation benefits, SCMLC said.
“We take data security and privacy very seriously,” said Joel Hecht, president of SCMLC. “Unfortunately, our internal security policies and procedures were not followed. We were notified, we took immediate steps to remediate the situation and we are taking long-term measures to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. While we believe that the risk of identity theft is minimal, SCMLC is doing everything required under the law with respect to notification of anyone who could be affected by this incident.”