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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches of 2020 (So Far)

More than 3.2 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2020, with eight of the top 10 breaches occurring at medical or health-care organizations.

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9. Aveanna Healthcare

Number Of Records Exposed: 166,077

Aveanna Healthcare became aware on Aug. 24, 2019, of suspicious activity relating to a number of employee email accounts, with a subsequent investigation determining that an unknown intruder accessed certain employee email accounts between July 9, 2019, and Aug. 24, 2019, the Atlanta-based pediatric home care provider said on Feb. 14, 2020.

Aveanna said it determined on Dec. 19, 2019, that information for certain patients and employees may have been accessible in the email accounts involved in the breach. Some of the accessible information included Social Security nnumbers, bank/financial account numbers, credit/debit card information, passport numbers, driver's licenses, patient diagnosis infofrmation, and prescription/medication information.

More than 100 patients filed a class-action lawsuit in May, alleging that Aveanna waited well beyond the 60-day notification window allowed under HIPAA to begin sending notices to potential victims. The lawsuit also alleged that Aveanna inadequately safeguarded patient data and maintained the private information in a reckless manner.

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