There has been a huge data breach in California, at the Rodeo Drive plastic surgery clinic, where more than 15,000 customers’ personal information has been stolen. This clinic is frequented by California’s elite, celebrities, and many others.
A disgruntled ex-employee managed to make off with the information. This includes medical records of patients in 16 states and four countries. Not only that, but the ex employee also took before and after pictures of customers without them knowing it, along with pictures of them on the actual operating table.
The staffer, a former driver and translator for the surgeon, stole credit and debit card information, copies of IDs, copies of checks, as well as usernames and passwords.
The Daily Mail reports:
According to the spokesperson, the thief also took photos of patients during operations, while they were unconscious, and posted the pictures on social media.
They uncovered her alleged actions during a company audit and found the photos on a company phone.
An operations manager for Dr Kadri’s office told DailyMail.com the records theft has been reported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and staffers are now racing to alert patients about the breach – warning them to be suspicious if anyone claiming to be from their office calls.
However, this is proving to be a challenge as many patients’ contact information was stolen as well.
DailyMail.com has contacted the LASD for information on whether or not charges will be filed.
‘Such a massive harm shows how still we’re all vulnerable to people with bad intentions,’ a former patient, only identified as Natalia, told CBS LA.
‘That’s scary that maybe people who you trust most at your workplace could be the one who is a thief.’
Dr Kadri was most famously in the news back in 2013 when he operated free of charge on a woman, who was viciously attacked by her dog.
According to a study released this April, cyber attacks in hospitals are far more prevalent than we think, and experts warn no patient’s data is safe anymore.
There were almost 1,800 strikes on hospital databases across the US between 2009 and 2016, according to new data.
But researchers found that only 68 percent of the attacks were reported, despite the fact that healthcare providers are required to notify the government when such breaches happen.