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Southwest Portland Dental notifies patients of Patterson Dental breach

There’s a somewhat interesting follow-up to a situation DataBreaches.netfirst reported in February. Back then, hadreported that 22,000 patients from several health care providers had their PHI exposed on an FTP server that Patterson Dental used to provide support documentation for its Eaglesoft software. That report was based on information and screenshots provided by dental technician/researcher Justin Shafer.Shafer had notified Patterson after discovering the exposed patient data whilethis sitenotified one of the affected Patterson clients, Massachusetts General Hospital Dental Group. MGHsubsequently notified HHS and theirpatients.

Shafer alsoblogged about his findingsin February,and, unrelated to the exposed files, publicly criticized the security of the Eaglesoft product. As he had done with Henry Schein Dental’s Dentrix software, Shafer also contacted CERT and filed avulnerability reportabout their use of hardcoded database credentials – a...(continued)

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