A hacker with possible links to a right-wing Ukrainian political faction posted on Twitter links to more than a half-million documents, including patient information, from an Ohio healthcare provider.
A tweet posted by @pravsector contained a screen shot of a spreadsheet page with two dozen patients' names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, their insurance carriers and insurance ID numbers, and for some, abbreviated diagnoses such as “prostate” or “sex drive.”
The Central Ohio Urology Group, based in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna, operates at 24 locations, according to its website.
Late Friday, the message “account suspended” appeared on the @pravsector account on Twitter's website.
The operator of a cybersecurity website, DataBreaches.net, reports having exchanged messages with someone at @pravsector and was told that the hack was a warning “for political purposes,” although the respondent acknowledged the Ohio medical group was not involved in Ukrainian politics.
The practice said law enforcement is investigating.