Walgreens inadvertently left the data of millions of its customers unprotected thanks to an apparent oversight in the creation of an app used for COVID-19 test registrations. As reported by Recode, information—including names, contact information, and even the results of COVID-19 tests—on anyone who was tested at a Walgreens location within the last year could have been exposed on the open web. While this breach was not the work of hackers or other cybercriminals, the incident underscores just how vulnerable private medical information is. JUCM has covered this topic from an urgent care perspective. Read Education Is Key to Avoiding Increasingly Sophisticated Cyber Crime in our archive right now to get a sense of how well your systems are prepared to guard against intrusion and data theft.
Let the Walgreens Incident Be a Reminder: Cybersecurity Always Has to Be Top of Mind