7357103_GMISSOULA -The Western Montana clinic website has been hacked, and while access to patients’ medical records was not gained, demographic and credit card information of nearly 7,000 WMC patients was taken.

The information available to the hacker included patient names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses,

dates and amounts of credit card transactions on WMC’s website – as well as the last four digits of patients’ credit card numbers. WMC added in a news release that approximately 44 patients’ full credit card information was compromised.

The attack occurred sometime between March 10, 2015 and March 14, 2015, and WMC became aware of the attack on March 14, 2015. WMC says they immediately contacted the website’s server host and had the website taken down within three hours of learning of the attack.

A forensic security investigation has been started and a report has been filed with the FBI. WMC states they have pt in place “additional safeguards to secure its website and has re-published the website without the bill-pay feature.”

The clinic has notified affected individuals of the incident via letter and is offering one year of free credit monitoring to those patients whose full credit card information was available to the hacker.

“WMC apologizes for the stress and worry this situation may have caused its patients and is taking  appropriate measures to avoid an incident of this nature from happening in the future,” WMC said in the release.

Anyone with questions is asked to call 1.800.525.5688, or (406) 329-7321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., or by mail at: P.O. Box 7609, Missoula, Montana 59807-7609.


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