Few North Carolinians are affected by a recent hack of medical information from laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics, company officials said Tuesday.
Only 110 of the roughly 34,000 people whose names, birth dates, lab results and, in some instances, telephone numbers were stolen in the hack are from the Tar Heel State, said company spokeswoman Kim Gorode. Officials have mailed letters to those affected informing them that their information had been taken, she said.
Quest Diagnostics, based in Madison, N.J., specializes in medical tests for patients with conditions including diabetes, allergies and heart disease.
It reported in a release Monday that an “unauthorized third party” had gained access to client information Nov. 26. The data stolen from the company’s online portal system did not include Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, insurance details or any other financial information, the release said.
The state with the most customers affected by the cyber intrusion was Florida, where information was taken from 11,436 people, Gorode said.
When the breach was discovered, the company immediately addressed the vulnerability, a release said.
Quest is still investigating into who broke into the company’s systems and has notified the FBI, Gorode said.
“We’ve also hired a cyber security firm to find out what happened in this breach and help prevent future breaches,” she said.
The portal that hackers targeted contains information from more than 3 million people, Gorode said. The company annually serves one in three adult Americans and has 43,000 employees, according to its website.
Quest has locations in all 50 states including six in Raleigh, and a location in both Durham and Chapel Hill, according to its website.
The company has set up a number to field questions regarding the breach at (888) 320-9970.
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